Metro Employees May Learn To Look For Warning Signs Of Suicide Attempts | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Metro Employees May Learn To Look For Warning Signs Of Suicide Attempts

Play associated audio

Metro Employees may be getting some help in preventing suicide attempts on Metro Tracks.

Mary Azoy is Director of Community Education and Crisis Response for Crisislink, a suicide prevention group. Her organization heads a coalition of organizations working with Metro to address suicide attempts. She says there are warning signs.

"Anyone looking for the trains but not getting on them, watching them come and go," says Azoy, is one sign that someone may be contemplating a suicide attempt. "Someone who appears particularly distraught or who appears zoned out and numb looking."

While the behavior may not be a an indication that a suicide attempt is imminent, Azoy says, its still worth keeping an eye on. The coalition is considering a host of strategies to combat the problem. There have been nine attempts on metro this year, seven of them fatal.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports...

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 30

An artist plays with symbols in a series of paintings. Art sheds light on Palestine and its people in an upcoming festival.
NPR

Millennial Jews Do An About-Face, Start Keeping Kosher

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher. That's almost twice the rate of their baby-boomer parents.
NPR

Napolitano: ISIS Was One Of Many Similar Threats We Were Tracking

The former homeland security secretary and Arizona governor also talks about security improvements since the Sept. 11 attacks and the frustrations and potential solutions to the immigration debate.
NPR

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process while avoiding traditional screen-time pitfalls.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.