In an anonymous post by the username of @Sunderlandnow, a woman revealed how she attempted to end her life… and what stopped her.
One night, she decided to end all her pain by jumping off a bridge. Determined to die, she was about to climb up over the side of the bridge when she saw a brightly colored note.
“Be STRONG because things will get better. It may be stormy now but it never rains forever,” was the message in the note. To her surprise, there wasn’t just one note but at least 40! Each note contained an encouraging message for people who were so broken, that they wanted to escape the agony.
From then on, she was filled with so much hope. Instead of her lifeless body found at the bottom of the river, she was very well alive with her family. But, who was the thoughtful person behind all these unexpected promising notes?
Paige Hunter, from England, was the girl behind such remarkable act.
Depression and suicidal thoughts are no joke. Paige herself experienced such despair at one time. She suffered from anxiety and PTSD depression at a young age.
“I went through a trauma and trying to cope with the impact of the trauma completely destroyed me,” she told Love What Matters.
Sometimes when the pain is too real and overwhelming, you have this earnest desire to make the pain stop, even if that means taking your own life.
“I remember standing on the edge of the bridge thoughts racing through my mind over and over. I didn’t want to die I only wanted the pain that I was going through to stop. I couldn’t handle to see another flashback from my past. The not wanting to get out of bed on a morning or not wanting to go out with friends in case I had a bad turn from panic attacks to flashbacks. Every step took me closer and closer to the edge where even my thoughts began to slow down. Then, all I heard was the police and ambulances coming who helped me change my mind,” reminisces Paige, when she decided to cut her life at Wearmouth Bridge.
Soon, Paige realized how wrong she was, “I was wrong; every life is precious and you are worth so much more than you think. I now don’t let my past define my future but instead embrace what I have been through.”
“Wondering whether your life is worth living is absolutely terrifying and lonely,” she added. “I didn’t want others to feel like there is no one to help, to talk and support them through these feelings.”
Driven by her passion to prove that life is worth living, Paige wanted to make a difference by putting brightly colored notes on bridges.
Each note holds an encouraging phrase like, “Fight with all you have, tomorrow is a better day” and “You have the power to say, ‘This is not how my story will end.’”
“I have placed 40 of these notes to show that it is actually alright to not be okay. I hope that these quotes just help that one person to not commit suicide and know that they are worthy of living.”
“I think the notes have helped save so many people,” said Paige. “When they have seen that a stranger has placed notes on a bridge to help them stop and think about it, they know there are people who want to help and who care. One person said ‘the notes helped because they had given me hope and to see that someone had been in the same situation come out shining and wanting to help others it made me think that actually, yeah things will get better.’”
God’s love goes a long way through people like Paige, to let these brokenhearted people know that He truly cares for them. Who would have thought this simple act could save lives.
May God bless the heart of this inspiring young lady, Paige Hunter, who is changing the world one brightly-colored note at a time!
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