3 More Suicide Attempts on Metro Last Year

Examiner: Prevention program slowed

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Three more people attempted suicide last year on Metro than the year before, and the agency said it is working to reduce suicides in the transit system.

Spokesman Dan Stessel said nine people attempted suicide on Metro last year and seven died. In 2010, six people attempted suicide. Stessel said that because the numbers are so small, however, it's hard to extrapolate any trends.

The Washington Examiner reported that Metro is lagging in implementing a program to reduce suicide attempts. The paper said Metro has trained about 180 of the 960 station managers and train operators to spot suicidal riders as part of a $250,000 program. It also has yet to post suicide hotline numbers in stations.

Stessel said Metro plans to put the signs up by April.

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