Metra Moves to Prevent Suicide

 Metra foreman Robert Tellin prevented a man from taking his life at a station in 2016 after receiving training from the railroad. The agency is working on a campaign to prevent deaths by suicide.

Metra foreman Robert Tellin prevented a man from taking his life at a station in 2016 after receiving training from the railroad. The agency is working on a campaign to prevent deaths by suicide.

If you’re commuting in or out of Chicago, chances are you’ve taken Metra before.

It’s also no secret that in 2016, there were 20 confirmed suicides along the rails. Back in 2015, Metra reported 19 confirmed  suicides throughout their railroads.

However, Metra is not sitting on the statistics.

Starting in 2015, Metra began training its employees in suicide intervention, and has successfully intervened in 39 cases so far in 2017. Robert Tellin, pictured above, is one of the many Metra employees to succeed in suicide prevention.

At Metra’s Friday conference, experts dispelled myths that only trained professionals can intervene in suicides.

“Approaching someone who appears to be contemplating suicide and asking questions such as ‘Are you feeling bad?’ or ‘Will you let me help you?’ can lower the risk of a fatality” Northwestern University psychiatrist John Csernansky said.

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