Life­saver who wouldn’t let tragedy strike twice

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - By Blair Meikle

WHEN one of Adrian Bayne’s friends took his own life, he de­cided it was time to raise his aware­ness of the men­tal health is­sues that drive peo­ple to­wards sui­cide.

Three years on from the tragedy, the train driver was able to use his new­found knowl­edge to pre­vent a young man from killing him­self at a rail­way sta­tion.

Mr Bayne, 43, ap­proached the dis­tressed young­ster at Ed­in­burgh Waver­ley sta­tion after spot­ting tell-tale signs that he might want to take his own life.

He per­suaded the young man to hand over his mo­bile phone so he could call his fam­ily – and found a num­ber of farewell mes­sages in­tended for loved ones.

The Vir­gin Trains driver had taken a Sa­mar­i­tans in­ter­ven­tion train­ing course after one of his friends took his own life three years pre­vi­ously.

It was the first time Mr Bayne had used his train­ing. The in­ci­dent, which hap­pened dur­ing the sum­mer, earned him a place among fi­nal­ists for the Sa­mar­i­tans Life Saver Award at the Rail­staff Awards in Coven­try last week.

Mr Baynes, of Pre­ston­pans, East Loth­ian, said: ‘The guy was sit­ting in an area of the sta­tion that peo­ple nor­mally wouldn’t be sit­ting, in a dis­tressed man­ner, with his phone in his hand. He said his mum was sup­posed to be pick­ing him up in Ber­wick, but he was in Ed­in­burgh at 10.40 at night.

‘At that time there’s al­ways drunk peo­ple and it’s about telling the dif­fer­ence be­tween the drunks and peo­ple in trou­ble, and this guy was ob­vi­ously in trou­ble.’

Mr Bayne of­fered to phone his mother and saw mes­sages on his mo­bile from peo­ple con­cerned.

He added: ‘The mes­sages he had sent were ba­si­cally say­ing good­bye, with­out go­ing into too much de­tail he was talk­ing about end­ing his life.

‘So I phoned Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice and they sat with him for 20 min­utes. Part of the train­ing is that once you’ve passed them on to the po­lice, you dis­tance your­self, but I know he was saved.

‘I phoned his mum and she was in tears but I told her he was safe. I had mixed feel­ings.

‘It’s ob­vi­ously emo­tional at the start, es­pe­cially be­cause of what hap­pened with my friend. But af­ter­wards I was feel­ing good be­cause I man­aged to help save him.’

Mr Bayne wants to pro­mote the im­por­tance of sui­cide aware­ness, not only be­cause it is close to his heart but also be­cause ‘train driv­ers are at the fore­front of sui­cides and there’s not enough un­der­stand­ing of the ef­fect it can have’.

Scene of in­ter­ven­tion: Ed­in­burgh’s Waver­ley sta­tion

Life­saver: Driver Adrian Bayne

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