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Plan to fight Metro suicides delayed

A suicide prevention program for Washington's Metro system announced last year is running months behind with no start date in sight.

Metro said in September it would begin a suicide prevention campaign after a spike in deaths. The transit system had nine suicides in 2009. Typically, there are about two.

The prevention program was to begin in February, including a public campaign and training for employees.

A Metro spokeswoman says the program is in development with $100,000 proposed for it in next year's budget.

Alan Berman of the American Association of Suicidology says his group submitted a proposal to Metro to train workers, but he hasn't heard anything in weeks.

Metro has counted at least three more suicides this year.

The Post's Lisa Rein, Yamiche Alcindor and Steve Hendrix explored the issue last fall in a package that looked at some of the people who ended their lives, the families they left behind and the impact on train operators. You can read the stories here.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  |  May 10, 2010; 9:32 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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Comments

I believe a person has every right to do what they like with their own life. However, its really quite rude of them to inconvenience all the metro riders and staff.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | May 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Metro can't run trains or buses effectively and they think they can actually prevent suicide? HA!

Posted by: SoupLine | May 10, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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