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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2019, 05:36:17 AM »
george will remember that. the young man willhave it on his conscience for the remainder of his life !!!

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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2019, 09:20:50 AM »
A friend of mine got hit by some of the Ďremainsí when someone jumped in front of a train at a busy station in rush hour. Truly horrific. As others have said, I know most people are not in a rational frame of mind, but itís a truly horrific way to kill yourself and grossly unfair on those it affects.

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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2019, 11:01:52 AM »
I have a drink on Friday evenings with a young guy who jumped in front of a train with his girlfriend. Nobody knows the exact story there, but the girlfriend was killed and he obviously survived.

If you can call it that.... no legs, half an arm.

My wife was a nurse in A&E many years ago when the call came in of a "one under." He too lost both legs, but survived.

She actually found another one more upsetting, after she'd retrained as a mental health nurse. A guy in his 40s took a paracetamol overdose, but woke up from it. He ended up in hospital, where he decided that he really wanted to live and be with his family, but it was too late for the antidote to work. The paracetamol destroyed his liver and he died over a period of days.

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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2019, 12:16:39 PM »
Sadly with modern life getting more and more pressurised this will only happen more often. The reasons people commit suicide are numerous. Jobs getting replaced by machines, benefit sanctions, relationship breakdowns are just a few I can think of without any mental health issues coming into the equation. It is sad that someone commits suicide, but I suppose its better than them going 'Postal' somewhere...
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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2019, 12:18:21 PM »
Actually suicide rates have shown a general downward trend in the last 40 years.



I'm not really sure 'modern life' is more pressurised, just different pressures.

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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2019, 12:25:13 PM »
Sadly with modern life getting more and more pressurised this will only happen more often.

Except this isn't what's happening.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2017registrations

Cheers, NeMo

@njee20 beat me to it!

@moogle makes a valid point about life being stressful, but I think it always has been. The nature of the stress factors have changed though. Is being out of work for 6 months the same level of stress as living through a world war? Do teenagers struggling with social media have the same level of stress as 7-year-old children that were pushed up chimneys instead of sent to school?

Not sure these things are comparable, and what we should be asking ourselves is do we recognise and treat mental health issues correctly and fairly?

Cheers, NeMo
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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2019, 12:29:27 PM »
I think it depends where you live. I wasn't just referring to the UK. Should have made it clearer.
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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2019, 12:35:15 PM »
Which obviously led me to Google global suicide rates, and it's interesting that they're declining more or less everywhere. Sure there are exceptions, but that's got to be a good thing!


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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2019, 12:42:20 PM »

Not sure these things are comparable, and what we should be asking ourselves is do we recognise and treat mental health issues correctly and fairly?

Cheers, NeMo

Spot on NeMo. Stress, anxiety and excessive worrying caused by 'modern' versions of pressurised life are all factors that can affect someones mental health. Sadly not everyone notices that their mental health is suffering and not everyone gets help. There's often little or no help available and when there is there is often a waiting list because of the demand for the service.
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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2019, 02:58:54 PM »
I was chatting to a taxi driver on a journey from Canterbury to Birmingham, part of a Titan holiday. He said he used to be an Underground train driver, but after the fifth suicide he decided to quit. I think things must really be bad to want to do it, I canít really imagine being in that situation.
I'm not sure if life is passing me by, or trying to run me over.

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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2019, 03:24:11 PM »
That must have been one helluva taxi bill, Malc :goggleeyes: :worried:

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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2019, 03:36:44 PM »
Which obviously led me to Google global suicide rates, and it's interesting that they're declining more or less everywhere. Sure there are exceptions, but that's got to be a good thing!



Looks like the GRU changed their policy on death certificates  :D

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Re: Who'd be a train driver?
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2019, 04:25:07 PM »
That must have been one helluva taxi bill, Malc :goggleeyes: :worried:
It was a Titan holiday where they offer door to door service, so I wasnít paying.
I'm not sure if life is passing me by, or trying to run me over.

 

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