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SEPTA, crisis center launch suicide prevention pilot program


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has launched a suicide prevention pilot program in partnership with Montgomery County Emergency Service Inc., a nonprofit crisis psychiatric response center in West Norriton, Pa.

Signs unveiled last week at SEPTA's Norristown Transportation Center promote assistance that's available for people contemplating suicide via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK. The signs were installed in the Manayunk/Norristown Line boarding areas at the center.

About half of the fatalities on SEPTA's rail system each year are ruled suicides, said Scott Sauer, SEPTA's chief officer of system safety, in a press release.

"By placing the Lifeline signs at our stations, we believe that people who might think suicide is their only option will see that help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year," he said.

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