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A shocking rise in suicides around Melbourne train stations is behind a new mental health campaign targeting commuters, with Metro revealing the devastating effects on its drivers.
There have been 20 suicides on the Metro train network so far this year.
The shocking death toll is having a devastating effect on train drivers and rail staff, with 25 drivers this year seeking help via WorkSafe and one incident resulting in four employees taking time off work.
The terrible statistics have prompted a critical mental health campaign focused on busy stations and known self-harm hot spots.
Dandenong, Berwick, Clayton, Croydon, Box Hill, Ringwood, Sunshine, Footscray, Flinders St and Parliament are on the list.
Metro’s general manager of safety and security, Anthony Fewster, said the death toll in 2019 alone was already much higher than in previous years.
“Incidents of self harm have a devastating effect on the community and our staff,” he said.
“At one point we had 25 drivers on WorkCover claims, with one incident leading to four staff off work — we had to do something.”
Metro’s initiative is being rolled out across the network to raise awareness of mental health problems, promote positive messages and show what support is available.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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