PACTS conference: Reducing suicides on UK roads, 19th October

PACTS conference: Reducing suicides on UK roads, 19th October

Reducing suicides on UK roads 

Thursday, 19th October 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm

Church House, Westminster

Book now for 10% discount 

Some 6,000 people take their lives every year in the UK, often involving transport. The railway industry, working with Samaritans, has developed interventions that are having positive results. The roads sector lags behind.

This conference will be the first in the world exclusively about preventing suicides on roads. It will lift the lid on a problem that is much bigger than recognised, and which has significant consequences for the highways sector and others. It will also shine a light on suicide recording and prevention strategies in general. Senior figures from highways, transport, police, judiciary, mental health and voluntary sectors will share their expert knowledge and insights. They will explain the implications of this important but little-talked about issue for those involved in highways, health and elsewhere. Delegates will be the first to hear the results of pioneering research into the scale of suicides and attempts on UK roads. There will be opportunities to discuss cross-sector collaboration and effective interventions. Themes will include:

  • National government policy on suicide prevention;
  • The experience of the rail sector in preventing suicides;
  • Links between the Safe System approach to road safety and suicide prevention;
  • Sources of data on suicides on the roads, and how these can be improved;
  • Policy and institutional barriers to action;
  • Interventions to reduce suicides on the roads;
  • The role of Local Suicide Prevention Action Plans;
  • International experience in tackling suicides on the roads.

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Confirmed speakers:

  • Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive, Samaritans
  • His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC, Chief Coroner of England and Wales
  • Tim Holland, Suicide Prevention Policy Lead, Highways England
  • Dr Anna-Lena Andersson, Special Adviser – Traffic Safety, Swedish Transport Administration
  • Katy Harrison, Policy Officer, PACTS
  • Prof Ann John, Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, Swansea University
  • Dr Rob Hunter, Head of Flight Safety, BALPA
  • Richard Burnett, Chief Executive, Road Haulage Association
  • Ian Stevens, Programme Manager – Suicide Prevention, National Rail
  • Mark Smith, Head of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, British Transport Police
  • Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair, Transport Select Committee – invited

Other speakers to be announced soon.


Date:                                             Thursday 19th October

Registration:                               08.45

Conference starts:                      09.30

Conference closes:                     16.30

Location:                                    Church House, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3AZ

Delegate fees

Standard delegate                    £269 + VAT = £298.80

Public sector/academic           £195 + VAT = £234.00

PACTS members                      £179 + VAT = £214.80

Additional delegates                £134 + VAT = £160.80

******Book your place here for 10% discount ******

For further information please contact  Joanne Mackel, PACTS Events Manager or David Davies, Executive Director

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