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From holding on to a man dangling from a bridge to penning letters of hope, these good samaritans have saved the lives of strangers

From holding on to a man dangling from a bridge to penning letters of hope, these good samaritans have saved the lives of strangers

MEET the bizarre individuals whose extraordinary actions have saved lives.

They have no medical coaching, they are not psychological well being specialists – they’re merely good samaritans whose compassion and bravado have actually pulled individuals again from the brink.

They embody what The Solar’s You are Not Alone marketing campaign is all about.

Their tales spotlight the devastating prevalence of suicide in Britain.

And their actions serve for instance of how anybody may also help to save a life by understanding the indicators to look out for in others and the place to get assist.

Right here we inform the unimaginable tales of the unusual individuals who have saved lives all throughout the UK.

 From leaving letters of hope to holding on to someone falling from a bridge, the rescuers listed below are all remarkable

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From leaving letters of hope to holding on to somebody falling from a bridge, the rescuers listed under are all exceptional

‘I held on to him like he was my very own son’

 Joanne Stammers desperately held on to a man trying to end his life on a bridge

Joanne Stammers

Joanne Stammers desperately held on to a man making an attempt to finish his life on a bridge

As she was about to get in her automotive, schoolboy Shawn Younger, 12, ran up to Joanne Stammers screaming that a man was making an attempt to throw himself off an underpass in Hertfordshire. 

Joanne, 48, sprinted there and located Shawn’s two buddies Devonte Cafferkey, 13, and Sammy Farah, 14, desperately clinging to a younger man making an attempt to kill himself.

 Shawn Young, left, asked Joanne to help him and his friends Devonte Cafferkey (middle) and Sammy Farah (right) try to save the man

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Shawn Younger, left, requested Joanne to assist him and his pals Devonte Cafferkey (center) and Sammy Farah (proper) attempt to save the man

“When I got there, I put my arms through the railings and held on to him with everything I had,” says Joanne, a married mother-of-one.

He had a rope round his neck and he was crying.

“He told me he didn’t want to be here anymore and he just wanted to die. He was 21, just a boy.”

Joanne pleaded with him to rethink – even asking if he needed to come and stay together with her, or simply speak.

“I might have given something to save him. He begged me to let him go however I held on to him like he was my very own.”

The police have been referred to as and managed to get him onto a cherry-picker beneath the bridge, and he was later taken to hospital.

When she acquired residence, Joanne, found her arms have been coated in bruises and she or he suffered terrifying flashbacks for weeks.

 Joanne Stammers (second from right) has been working with Hertfordshire police since she helped to save the life of a young man

Joanne Stammers

Joanne Stammers (second from proper) has been working with Hertfordshire police since she helped to save the life of a younger man

The man’s grandmother and brother later acquired in contact to categorical their immense gratitude, however Joanne says she doesn’t really feel like a hero.

“I just did what anybody else would have done,” she says.

Joanne and the boys have been awarded Royal Humane Society certificates of commendation for his or her life-saving intervention.

‘I used to be raped at 14 and considered suicide – now I would like to cease individuals feeling lonely’

 Paige was talked down from a bridge when she tried to kill herself and now she leaves messages for hope for others feeling the way she did

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Paige was talked down from a bridge when she tried to kill herself and now she leaves messages for hope for others feeling the method she did

Simply three months in the past, her melancholy had spiralled so out of management and she or he contemplated ending her personal life.

Paige Hunter, 18, was raped when she was simply 14 years previous – the brutal assault leaving her struggling from PTSD for years.

She was assaulted on the means again from a pal’s home by a stranger, and suffered in silence for six months, experiencing terrifying flashbacks – typically up to 70 occasions a week.

“I got to the point where I just couldn’t deal with it anymore. So I went to the bridge and debated whether my life was worth living,” she says.

“I just remember standing on the other side of the railings, and I had the loneliest feeling. It is hard to describe.”

Paige was talked down from the brink of suicide by two passers-by.

 Paige has put up more than 240 letters of hope

Paige has put up greater than 240 letters of hope

“They told me I was worth a lot more than what I was going to do,” she remembers.

Now, Paige vows to do the similar for others, and after initially seeing the concept on social media, has created 240 of “letters of hope”, which she pins to Wearmouth Bridge.

One heartfelt message reads: “Place your hand over your heart. Can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.”

One other merely says:  “Don’t give up on this life – not tonight, not tomorrow, not ever.”

She has spent three days placing them up her notes thus far – and is including to them every month.


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“I just really wanted to stop other people from having that lonely feeling,” Paige stated.

Paige says she has been contacted by eight individuals who say her notes saved their lives.

“It is extremely emotional to know that I have made a actual distinction.

“I just want to encourage people to talk, and want to show people that they are not alone.”

‘I want any person like me had been there to assist my dad’

 Georgina was able to use her experience of being suicidal to help save a stranger's life

Georgina was in a position to use her expertise of being suicidal to assist save a stranger’s life

Admin assistant Georgina Titley had simply acquired again to work after the Christmas break when she saved a life.

She works shut to a river crossing and had noticed a man wanting distressed climbing the steps to the bridge.

He was carrying a bottle of alcohol and was crying, he appeared like he is been outdoors all night time.

“I didn’t have time to think through what I was going to say, so I just said ‘Aren’t you cold up here?’.”

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is misplaced – to suicide.

It does not discriminate, touching the lives of individuals in each nook of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and docs, actuality stars and footballers.

It is the largest killer of individuals beneath the age of 35, extra lethal than most cancers and automotive crashes. And males are 3 times extra doubtless to take their very own life than ladies.

But, it is not often spoken of, a taboo that threatens to proceed its lethal rampage until all of us cease and take discover, now.

That’s the reason The Solar has launched the You are Not Alone marketing campaign. To remind anybody dealing with a robust time, grappling with psychological sickness or feeling like there’s nowhere left to flip, that there’s hope.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, over the course of this week, we’ll inform you the tales of courageous survivors, family members left behind, heroic Good Samaritans – and share ideas from psychological well being specialists.

The goal is that by sharing sensible recommendation, elevating consciousness and breaking down the obstacles individuals face when speaking about their psychological well being, we will all do our bit to assist save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for assist once we want it, and pay attention out for others. 

You are Not Alone.

For a record of help providers obtainable, see the The place To Get Assist field decrease down in the article.

It was a bitterly chilly Welsh morning and he was sporting a long-sleeved T-shirt however no coat. She provided him a cigarette.

“I went up to speak to him,” Georgina, 29, says.

“He was so upset and shouting, ‘Simply depart me alone. I’m not harming anyone. I’ve simply come up right here to bounce off the bridge. No one cares about me’.”

It was lucky for the man that the stranger who had stopped him was Georgina, who has first-hand expertise of suicide.

 Georgina lost her dad Paul to suicide when he took his life aged 49 - a year after she tried to kill herself

Georgina Titley

Georgina misplaced her dad Paul to suicide when he took his life aged 49 – a yr after she tried to kill herself

Not solely did she lose her dad to suicide a few years in the past however she additionally tried to kill herself in her teenagers.

She had been severely bullied since main faculty, and a bout of melancholy led her to take an overdose at the age of simply 15.

She went into cardiac arrest twice however docs managed to save her, enabling her to search assist for her psychological well being points and switch her life round.

She was in a position to use her appreciable life expertise to clarify to the determined man on the  bridge that she knew what he was going by way of.

“I advised him that I actually cared, and he simply collapsed crying,” she says.

The police quickly arrived and the group went to Georgina’s workplace for a cup of tea and to anticipate the paramedics.

“Afterwards I couldn’t assist however want somebody had been there to do the similar for my dad.

“I don’t want any household to endure such ache.”

Georgina now volunteers for psychological well being charity CALM.

‘Cease. Not at this time. You’re beloved’

 Laurain Mosdell lost her daughter Teresa to suicide, now she posts notes on bridges to try to save others

Laurain Mosdell

Laurain Mosdell misplaced her daughter Teresa to suicide, now she posts notes on bridges to attempt to save others

Laurain Mosdell is suffering from her final name together with her daughter.

Teresa was standing on the edge of a bridge in Basingstoke in June 2010, when she referred to as her mum.

Distraught Laurain listened as her 30-year-old daughter pleaded together with her to take care of her personal two youngsters, and inform them she beloved them.

Laurain, a mum-of-six and grandmother-of-ten, tried in useless to persuade her daughter not to take her personal life.

The 56-year-old says she is going to always remember the second when the line went silent.

 Teresa was on the phone to her mum Laurain when she jumped

Laurain Mosdell

Teresa was on the telephone to her mum Laurain when she jumped

“It never leaves my mind,” she tells The Solar. “She phoned me to say goodbye and I received on the landline to the police whereas making an attempt to cease her from leaping.

“When she jumped I knew she had, however I did not need to consider it.

“I stayed on the line for 20 minutes.”

Police turned up at Laurain’s home to affirm the devastating information, however stated Teresa was alive in hospital including she would not survive her accidents.

“They were the worst words of my life,” Laurain says.

“I knew she wasn’t going to make it.

What to do to assist somebody feeling suicidal: professional ideas from the Samaritans

  • If somebody is speaking about suicide, all the time take it significantly.
  • You do not have to find a way to remedy their issues however for those who really feel you possibly can, supply help and encourage them to speak about how they’re feeling. Ask direct questions and do not be afraid of frank discussions. Many individuals do need a probability to speak however don’t need to burden anybody round them.
  • Supporting somebody in misery could be distressing in itself. For those who’re serving to somebody who feels suicidal, be sure to take care of your self as nicely. In the event you want to speak about how you feel, please be happy to name Samaritans everytime you want.
  • When you can, first attempt to encourage them to contact us immediately, as this can put them in additional management of when and the way they speak to us.
  • Once we contact them, we will inform the individual that you simply requested us to get in contact, or hold you nameless for those who want.
  • We gained’t inform you something the individual you’re nervous about shares with us, or whether or not they needed our help. The one info we will share with you is whether or not or not we managed to attain them.
  • You’ll be able to ask us to contact whoever you’re nervous about by telephone, e mail or letter and we’ll contact them in the approach you recommend with the particulars you present.
  • If we name and anyone else picks up, we gained’t depart a message.
  • Contact the Samaritans: No matter you are going by means of, name free any time, from any telephone on 116 123.

“The physician informed me to kiss her goodbye so I advised her I beloved her and I might take care of her youngsters.

“She had asked me to let them know she was sorry she couldn’t stay. I will never forget that day.”

Now, Laurain and her pal Natalie Smith are on a campaign, to forestall different households from struggling the similar heartache.

They publish phrases of encouragement and hope on bridges round Basingstoke.

Natalie’s life has additionally been affected by suicidal ideas.

The mum says: “If there had been one of these signs on the bridge I was going to jump from then it would have stopped me, rather than being pulled away from the railings by someone else.”

That was three years in the past, however how she felt again then hasn’t left Natalie.

 Laurain and her friend Natalie, who has tried to take her own life, post the notes together

Laurain Mosdell

Laurain and her pal Natalie, who has tried to take her personal life, publish the notes collectively

“I just didn’t want to be here, it was too much. I had too much on my plate,” she says.

“I suffer with bipolar so I’m constantly up and down.”

She stated there’s a extreme lack of help for individuals struggling psychological well being circumstances.

“We know how stretched the mental health service is,” she says. “It is diabolical.

“We thought that even if these signs stop just one person it will be worth it.”

Laurain stated the help since posting their marketing campaign on social media had been superb, with messages of encouragement coming from many individuals, together with paramedics wanting to assist.

Laurain and Natalie have arrange a group on Fb referred to as Basingsigns for Psychological Well being, and hope that folks will proceed to share their posts to unfold their message throughout the nation.

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is misplaced – to suicide.

It does not discriminate, touching the lives of individuals in each nook of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and docs, actuality stars and footballers.

It is the largest killer of individuals underneath the age of 35, extra lethal than most cancers and automotive crashes. And males are 3 times extra doubtless to take their very own life than ladies.

But, it is not often spoken of, a taboo that threatens to proceed its lethal rampage until all of us cease and take discover, now.

That’s the reason The Solar has launched the You are Not Alone marketing campaign. To remind anybody dealing with a robust time, grappling with psychological sickness or feeling like there’s nowhere left to flip, that there’s hope.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, over the course of this week, we’ll inform you the tales of courageous survivors, family members left behind, heroic Good Samaritans – and share ideas from psychological well being specialists.

The goal is that by sharing sensible recommendation, elevating consciousness and breaking down the limitations individuals face when speaking about their psychological well being, we will all do our bit to assist save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for assist once we want it, and pay attention out for others. 

You are Not Alone.

For a listing of help providers obtainable, see the The place To Get Assist field decrease down in the article.

‘My husband’s suicide observe advised me to assist others’

 Emma lost a husband and Mali and Trystan lost a dad when Dan took his life - now Emma tries to help other families save their loved ones

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Emma misplaced a husband and Mali and Trystan misplaced a dad when Dan took his life – now Emma tries to assist different households save their family members

Studying her husband’s suicide notice was life-changing for Emma Picton-Jones.

“You couldn’t help me, but you could help someone else,” it learn.

The first faculty instructor’s world had been torn aside, however she made a promise to herself that she would perform Daniel’s remaining want.

Agricultural employee Daniel had been struggling from melancholy and nervousness for years earlier than he took his personal life in July 2016, abandoning Emma, and four-year-old daughter Mali and son Trystan, 16 months.

Following his dying, Emma needed to make it possible for different households are spared the agony hers endured so she set about creating a help service for the agricultural group.

 Dan and Mali in happier times

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Dan and Mali in happier occasions

After Daniel died, she arrange the DPJ Basis and this January launched the #sharetheload initative, a 24/7 help service for agricultural staff to name or textual content.

It’s run by 19 counsellors they usually can present six free periods to these in want.

Since then, over 30 staff have been helped as a result of of Emma.

She says: “I hear time and time again that we have provided a service for men like Daniel, fathers and husbands, to feel understood. We listen,” she says.

“A wife of an agricultural worker approached me at a fundraiser and thanked me for saving her husband’s life. It’s moments like this that make it worthwhile.”

She provides: “I wish Daniel had had somebody he felt he could talk to, but I like to think that knowing we might be saving lives is something he’d be proud of.”

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