Suicide statistics

Muffazal Rawala made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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From: Muffazal Rawala

Dear Transport for London,
I am doing a project for the NHS looking at suicide rates across
various London boroughs.

As a part of this project I would also like to see the suicide data
for either attempted or completed suicides on the London tube
network.

Yours faithfully,
Muffazal Rawala

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Transport for London

Dear Mr Rawala

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 7 October asking for information about suicide rates.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the [Freedom of Information (FOI) Act / Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)] and TfL’s information access policy.

From the description provided, we are unable to fully identify the information you require. To enable us to assist with your request, please provide a more detailed description of the information you’re seeking for example a time range or particular locations that you are interested in.

Please note that the 20 working day deadline for responding to your request will depend on when we receive satisfactory additional information to help clarify your request.

If we hear nothing further from you by 7 November, your response will be treated as a new request.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Fola Olafare

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From: Muffazal Rawala

Dear LU CSC FOI,
Thanks for getting back at me.

I am looking to analyse London wide suicide data for NHS LONDON.

A part of this project is looking at suicides on the Tube network
and how could NHS work in liaison with TFL to reduce this.

What I need:
1] Suicide rates (both attempted and completed) from 2000-2010 on
the Tube network. If these could be submitted as monthly figures,
as I am looking to see if there are any particular months e.g.
summer where suicide on the underground rises.

2]Suicide rates on the Tube network subdivided in terms of stations
/ tube lines.

3] Impact of these suicides on network disruption in terms of time
and money.

Thanks

Muffazal Rawala

Yours sincerely,

Muffazal Rawala

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From: Muffazal Rawala

Dear LU CSC FOI,

I have received this email again.

Have already replied with the data i need.

Yours sincerely,

Muffazal Rawala

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From: Muffazal Rawala

Dear Transport for London,
Dear LU CSC FOI,

This is my reply to your email dated 17th Oct 2011.

Reply sent the next day.
Thanks for getting back at me.

I am looking to analyse London wide suicide data for NHS LONDON.

A part of this project is looking at suicides on the Tube network
and how could NHS work in liaison with TFL to reduce this.

What I need:
1] Suicide rates (both attempted and completed) from 2000-2010 on
the Tube network. If these could be submitted as monthly figures,
as I am looking to see if there are any particular months e.g.
summer where suicide on the underground rises.

2]Suicide rates on the Tube network subdivided in terms of stations
/ tube lines.

3] Impact of these suicides on network disruption in terms of time
and money.

Thanks

Muffazal Rawala

Yours sincerely,

Muffazal Rawala

Yours faithfully,

Muffazal Rawala

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Transport for London


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Dear Mr Rawala

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 18 October 2011 asking for information about suicides on the Underground network.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can confirm TfL does hold the information you require.

You have asked:

1. Suicide rates (both attempted and completed) from 2000-2010 on the Tube network (monthly figures);
2. Suicide rates on the Tube network subdivided in terms of stations/tube lines.
3. The impact of these suicides on network disruption.

I have attached the responses to your queries in the pdf attached.

I assure you that we are keenly focused on doing all we can to prevent and minimise the extent and the impact of such incidents.

We carry over 3.5 million people across the capital safely each day and person under train incidents are thankfully rare. Sadly such incidents are not unique to London or England and occur on all railways. Each incident is traumatic for everyone involved, the families, friends, Underground staff and the emergency services.

We have a suicide prevention strategy and our station staff are trained on how to identify and give the appropriate support to any customers who appear to be in mental/emotional distress or who are acting in a way which would identify them as high risk in this respect.

When an incident of this nature does happen, the British Transport Police (BTP) have to determine whether the incident is suspicious or non suspicious. The BTP are committed to conducting thorough investigations which may include strict crime scene management and reviewing CCTV evidence. We are unable to resume a normal service until given the all clear by the BTP.

It is also worth noting that there has been a significant improvement in medical intervention which enables paramedic first aid to be given on site and enhance the survival rate of those incidents which are non-fatal. We would always heed medical advice before taking any steps to resume the service.

I hope you find this information useful. However, if this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

Yours sincerely

Fola Olafare
London Underground Customer Service Centre

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From: Muffazal Rawala

Dear LU CSC FOI,
Thank you very much.

I am doing a project for NHS to reduce suicides in London and
principally on the tube network.

Would it be possible to get a copy of your suicide prevention
strategy?

Yours sincerely,

Muffazal Rawala

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