Thursday, June 27, 2019
The skye times mobile

The constituency MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has welcomed a new app for ScotRail employees which is part of the rail operator's efforts to prevent vulnerable people from taking their own lives.
 
The West Highland lines to Fort William and Mallaig, and as well as parts of Perth to Inverness and Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh routes are in Kate Forbes MSP's constituency.
 
The app, available to ScotRail employees, has been developed in conjunction with Network Rail and the Samaritans to offer quick and easy advice to employees if they come across someone who may be at risk of suicide. There is a direct link to the British
Transport Police's suicide hotline for further assistance.
Kate Forbes MSP said: "This app could save lives.
 
"Just last week, I was at a meeting about the rates of suicide and was so saddened to hear that three quarters of those who commit suicide are men and many of them are young.
 
"Suicide is clearly linked to particular social and economic inequalities.
 
"It goes without saying that anything we can do to get alongside vulnerable people, particularly young men, is of infinite value.

"That's why I welcome ScotRail's new app for employees, to assist them in identifying indicators that somebody is in distress and then protect people from taking their own lives."

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