Teen stops six suicide deaths with sweet messages on bridge

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

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. 

Paige Hunter, 18, is being praised for her efforts to save the lives of those contemplating suicide. Source: This Morning

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.”

Thanks to these positive affirmations lined along  Wearmouth Bridge people have given life a second chance. Source: This Morning

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 Hunter has left over 40 of these heartwarming messages along  Wearmouth Bridge, notorious for suicides.  Source: This Morning

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 you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

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