Following yesterday’s incident in which a man died after a collision with a rail train at Cooden Beach train station, there were delays on the line between Eastbourne and Hastings of up to 40 minutes. Statistics show that it is three times more likely that a male between the ages of 30-40 years old would commit suicide, however the victim's age is yet to be confirmed.
A spokesperson for BTP has said: “The incident is not being treated as suspicious, and our officers are now working to identify the man and inform his family.”
It’s a popular belief that this time of year has the highest suicide rate, with the stress of Christmas taking its toll. However, according to statistics from Samaritans Organisation, this is far from the truth, as suicide rates at Christmas are actually lower than any other time of year.
Neel Burton, M.D. in Hide and Seek; The Seven Greatest Myths About Suicide says “Around Christmas time most people with suicidal thoughts are offered some degree of protection by the proximity of their relatives and, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, the prospect of 'things getting better from here'.”