Life can be hard, but it’s always worth living! That’s what Paige Hunter of Sunderland, England, hopes to help everyone realize through her beautiful “messages of hope” project.
Suicide is a tragedy that affects people around the world. According to the World Health Organization, it’s the third leading cause of death in 15- to 19-year-olds. Sometimes, a few words of support can make all the difference, so Paige began leaving short but encouraging notes on the Wearmouth Bridge to dissuade anyone set on jumping — and they worked!
Check out 11 of her most uplifting messages below and show yourself some extra love today!
1. Paige herself tried (and fortunately failed) to take her own life in the past, as she struggles with depression.
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2. After overcoming her suicidal thoughts, Paige set out on a mission to help others see past their pain.
3. The 21-year-old began attaching laminated notes to the bridge a couple years ago to show people that they aren’t alone in their struggles.
4. The words are simple, but their messages are powerful: “Don’t give up.”
5. They’ve made an amazing impact. Paige has left over 240 notes — and saved 28 lives!
6. Multiple people have changed their minds after seeing the notes and have reached out to thank Paige.
7. “[They told] me that I have saved their life and if they didn’t see [the notes] they probably wouldn’t be here anymore and that is absolutely overwhelming,” she said.
8. For her lifesaving work, the Northumbria Police awarded Paige a Commander’s compliment in 2018.
9. What’s more, the local government announced that it would install permanent messages of hope to the bridge in 2019!
10. Paige was thrilled, but to her, the best part is knowing she’s made a difference.
11. “Just knowing that I have made people smile and have saved people’s lives by doing something so simple,” she said.
You’re amazing, Paige — and so are the wise words that come from you! Helping people understand how precious they are is an incredible gift to give!
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If you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Help is waiting!
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