a person standing on a sidewalk: Paige Hunter with Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt on Sunderland's Wearmouth Bridge


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Paige Hunter with Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt on Sunderland’s Wearmouth Bridge


A teen who left uplifting messages on a bridge to assist these in despair has been counseled by police.

Paige Hunter has written greater than 40 heartfelt notes and connected them to the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland – a infamous suicide hotspot – to supply solace to individuals going through psychological well being crises.

One of many messages left by the 18-year-old stated: “Although issues are troublesome, your life issues, you’re a shining mild in a darkish world, so simply maintain on.”



A general view of the Wearmouth bridge on February 7, 2017 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.


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A common view of the Wearmouth bridge on February 7, 2017 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

Hunter has obtained a framed commendation certificates on behalf of Northumbria Police in recognition of her selfless acts.

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Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt stated: “We thought it was necessary to applaud the work Paige has been doing and the assistance she has given these in Sunderland who’re going by a psychological well being disaster.

“Paige has proven an unbelievable understanding of susceptible individuals in want of assist and that is such an progressive technique to attain out to these in a darkish place. For any person so younger, Paige has proven an actual maturity and we thought it could solely be proper to thank her personally. She ought to be very happy with herself.



A general view of the Wearmouth bridge on February 7, 2017 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.


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A common view of the Wearmouth bridge on February 7, 2017 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

“It’s important that we encourage individuals to talk out and lift consciousness of psychological well being points and the impression on peoples’ lives.”

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After receiving the commendation, the gross sales assistant, who works at Poundworld, stated: “I wasn’t doing this for an award; it was simply one thing that I wished to do. My household are simply happy with me and I’m going to place it up on the wall. I simply need to assist individuals and I’ve been informed it’s already helped save six lives.”

She added: “Since I put the messages up I’ve had numerous feedback from individuals. They’ve stated it’s been actually inspiring. It’s simply superb, the response it has had.”

Helpful web sites and helplines

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Samaritans gives a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 UK and Eire (this quantity is FREE to name and won’t seem in your cellphone invoice). You may name Thoughts, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.

Get Related is a free recommendation service for individuals below 25. Name 0808 808 4994 or e-mail: [email protected]

HopeLine runs a confidential recommendation helpline in case you are a teen vulnerable to suicide or are anxious about a teen vulnerable to suicide. Monday-Friday 10-5pm and 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm on 0800 068 41 41.

Maytree is a sanctuary for the suicidal in north London in a non-medical setting. For assist or to investigate a couple of keep, name 020 7263 7070. 

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