East Coast Trains worker Sharon Willett
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Rail worker talked boy out of taking his own life

In the last six months 313 people have been stopped from trying to commit suicide on British railways, according to Network Rail figures given exclusively to BBC Radio 5 live.

East Coast Trains worker Sharon Willett, was one of 5,000 rail staff who took part in the Samaritan's programme, which helped her to talk a 15-year-old boy out of taking his own life.

Ms Willett told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire: "I thought that I may just go make sure he was okay as all the signs were there that he was quite distressed."

The full 5 live documentary 'Life on the line' - will broadcast at 21:00 BST on Sunday 1st December. For details of organisations that offer advice and support visit the BBC's Action Line website.

  • 25 Nov 2013
  • From the section UK
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