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Old 07-26-2018, 10:01 AM   #1
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July 26th, 2018: Notes on a bridge



The Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland has a public health problem: jumpers. It has become notorious for suicides.

One young lady was moved to write notes and leave them on the bridge.



















Paige Hunter posted 40 such messages. Northumbria Police have recognized her effort.

They are saying she's responsible for stopping 6 suicides.

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One person whose life was saved by Paige’s notes told Sunderland Now that she is getting the help she now needs.

The mother, who chose to remain anonymous, said: "Depression is a hard thing to deal with and I felt so so alone that I went to Wearmouth bridge.

"All I needed was somebody to tell me it was going to be ok or for someone just to say 'when you feel like giving up just remember why you held on for so long. and that was my kids. That’s why I keep fighting every day to see them grow and Paige Hunter if it was not for you and what you did my boys would have had no one."


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Old 07-26-2018, 11:34 AM   #2
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tha'ss a good lass


and cute too
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:45 AM   #3
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Old 07-26-2018, 12:41 PM   #4
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Old 07-26-2018, 03:33 PM   #5
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Yes, Yes, Yes, thank you for being kind, considerate, loving and optimistic.

We need more of us to be like her.
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Old 07-26-2018, 04:09 PM   #6
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It's dusty in here.
It is, a li'l bit.

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Old 07-26-2018, 04:11 PM   #7
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Good I of the D, Bruce.

Thank you.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:34 PM   #8
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Old 07-27-2018, 07:08 AM   #9
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We need more of us to be like her.
Agree. Powerful story. Thanks, UT.
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Old 07-27-2018, 07:18 AM   #10
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:50 PM   #11
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(n.b. this one's mine, a rare thing, bruce is on vaca and i decided not to let iotd go without, at least on day one)
My apologies Toad, I'm so used to Bruce doing these, I assumed.

Good IOTD, Toad.

And thank you for posting it.
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:06 AM   #12
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So now there are 6 more people on the Earth, somebody stop this woman or at least make her grow 6 peoples worth of food, or build six housing units.
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:40 AM   #13
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Bridge signs to deter suicide ruled unsafe

Handwritten signs offering support to suicidal people have been removed from a bridge over concerns that they could distract drivers.

The notices were pinned to railings after a number of deaths. One said: “The world is a better place with you in it. Talk and let it out. You are so wanted and loved in every way.”

A council worker removed the signs from the Chartist Bridge in Blackwood, South Wales, prompting a backlash from members of the public, some of whom described the action as disgraceful.

Rebecca Emily Jones said: “Just keep putting them up. So sad they would think removing them is a good idea. They could save someone’s life.”

The bridge, which opened in 2005, has been the scene of multiple suicides, leading to calls for higher fencing and other safeguards.

One said: “The good point of this bridge it has good views, the bad points are I’ve lost count how many people have taken their lives on this bridge.

This bridge needs a higher fence to stop more lives being lost. Come on Caerphilly council, sort it out.”

The notes were inspired by the Bridge the Gap campaign started by Lisa Barnes, 46, after she stood on a bridge intending to take her life in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

David Poole, the leader of Caerphilly council, agreed that it was a sensitive issue, but said: “We cannot ignore illegal signs on the highway that could distract motorists.”

There were official Samaritans signs on the bridge, he added.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:38 AM   #14
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:32 AM   #15
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