FRA Authorizes Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grants

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), an agency in the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), recently announced the opportunity to compete for $293,000 in grant funds available for Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Program projects (FRA Continues Commitment to Save Lives With Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grants).

In an effort to reduce railroad-related suicides, the agency’s notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) requests applications for grants from organizations, including nonprofits and railroads, focusing on suicide prevention or mental health assistance. Selected grant recipients will receive up to $100,000 each.

Every year, hundreds of people attempt to commit suicide using the U.S. rail system, and data analysis suggests that 50% or more of fatal trespass incidents are suicides,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory. “We believe that allied organizations working together can reduce such incidents. These grants will strengthen existing partnerships and create new ones to help deter and prevent needless tragedies.”

The NOFO incorporates the following methods outlined in the National Strategy to Prevent Trespassing on Railroad Property, issued by FRA in 2018:

  • funding authorization
  • development of partnerships among stakeholders
  • data collection
  • data analysis

Although knowledge gained as a result of the projects funded by these railroad trespassing suicide prevention grants will certainly contribute to continuing research efforts, the funds are intended to assist organizations in active life-saving efforts.

Projects that employ specific actions to reduce suicides involving railroad trespassing are eligible for funding under this NOFO, including the following:

  • training staff to identify at-risk individuals and intervene
  • raising awareness of services
  • launching public awareness campaigns

Preventing suicides involving railroad trespassing is certainly a worthwhile contribution to FRA’s mission “to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.However, it is unfortunate that federal grants have to be awarded to convince the railroad industry to emphasize the safety of Americans at the expense of corporate profits.

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