A teenager has been praised for saving the lives of six people thanks to her heartwarming gesture of leaving positive messages along a bridge notorious for those contemplating suicide.
Paige Hunter, 18, from Northumberland, England, has written over 40 heartfelt notes and attached them to the railings of Wearmouth Bridge in a bid to offer support and remind people that suicide is not the only solution.
Only four months earlier, Paige herself had stood in that exact spot on the bridge considering taking her own life when two people passing by talked her out of it with the simple reminder that she was ‘worth more’.
Thanks to these words of kindness, Paige is alive today and dedicating her time to helping others going through a similar experience.
Her brightly coloured notes are positive affirmations, like one that says, “Pause, stop, breathe. There are better options, and so many people who love you.”
Another reads, “Be strong because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it never rains forever.”
“Since I put the messages up I’ve had a lot of comments from people. They’ve said it’s been really inspiring,” Paige has said. “It’s just amazing, the response it has had.”
So far, Paige is aware that her messages have helped save the lives of at least six people and told British morning show This Morning, that they reached out to her with immense gratitude.
One person even shared an anonymous message to the TV show thanking Paige for saving their life:
“Thank you, Paige, for not only giving me a second chance at life but saving my family from going through the grief,” the letter stated.
“You helped me seek the help and support I need, and words and can’t describe how grateful I am for such a lovely young selfless woman. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be here anymore.”
Paige’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed either, Northumbria Police – who often deal with cases of suicide at the bridge – have since awarded her with a framed certificate commending her good deed.
And after hearing her story, Twitter users have also offered overwhelming praise to the young woman for her thoughtful gesture:
If anyone knows paige hunter who left this & other notes on a humberside bridge in the UK i think you should be commended for your work in saving 8 lives becuase you cared enough to do this Lets find Paige Hunter please share & retweet pic.twitter.com/PCsT35k11F
— #ALightForChester (@chrisstyles44) July 23, 2018
Paige has shown that just the action of one can help others…remember silence is the main killer – if you need help – let it be known – seeking help is not failure – it is a small victory that will eventually conquer any inner or exterior demons that tell you otherwise.
— Jason Breed (@FitoPlantCare) August 1, 2018
Just a polite note to ask that members of the public in #Newcastle and #Northumberland do NOT remove the suicide prevention signs of kindness off the bridges, either to keep for yourself or to sabotage the project. A lot of heart and soul goes into it, and it's to save people 💔
— #summerSHINESstudio (@summerSHINES3) July 28, 2018