Teen Rewarded for Posting Suicide Prevention Notes on Bridges
Police in the United Kingdom are honouring a teenager after she posted inspiring suicide prevention notes on a bridge.
According to CBS News, Paige Hunter, 18, posted notes with uplifting and supportive messages on the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland designed to show people contemplating suicide that they aren't alone. The notes included messages like "your life matters" and "you're a shining light in a dark world," according to CBS News. After the notes reportedly helped prevent at least six people from attempting suicide, police are commending Paige for what they called an "innovative" way to help those in need.
"We thought it was important to applaud the work Paige has been doing and the help she has given those in Sunderland who are going through a mental health crisis," Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt said, according to CBS News. "Paige has shown an incredible understanding of vulnerable people in need of support, and this is an innovative way to reach out to those in a dark place."
This is particularly important after the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain prompted a conversation about how we not only need to provide people who may have suicidal ideation with the resources they need to reach out for help but to also reach out to those we think may be in need. Though she didn't know exactly who she was reaching out to, Paige's notes apparently found those who needed them, rather than requiring those in need to seek out the notes.
Paige told the BBC she wasn't expecting an award for her actions — she just wanted to help people.
"Since I put the messages up I've had a lot of comments from people. They've said it's been really inspiring," she said. "It's just amazing, the response it has had. I wasn't doing this for an award; it was just something that I wanted to do."
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