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REPORT: Metro Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign

The prevention program costs about $250,000, according to The Washington Post.

 

Metro is hoping a new ad campaign will help prevent suicides at its stations.

This program is a direct response to incidents since 2009 in which 33 people jumped in front of Metro trains, according to a Washington Post report. Twenty-six of those died, the Post said.

One of the latest deaths occurred in early August, when

The man intentionally placed himself in front of the Red Line train headed northbound toward the Shady Grove station, officials said.

By the end of September, 13 stations will have signs posting prevention hotline numbers and other ways to get help. About 300 posters will be posted throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system, The Washington Post reports.

Passengers who need help can reach Metro’s suicide line at 1-855-320-LIFE (5433).

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