A teenager from Sunderland, NZ has been honoured by police for helping to “save six lives” by attaching uplifting notes to a bridge.
Wearmouth Bridge has a rep as a common suicide location, which is where 18-year-old Paige Hunter left inspiring notes that have helped to comfort some people facing mental health issues.
“Be strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now but it never rains forever,” said one note. ”Pause stop breathe. There are better options and so many people who love you,” read another.
The local Police Chief Superintendent, Sarah Pitt, said it was important to recognise Paige: “(She) 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,” said Ms Pitt.
After receiving the commemoration, the teenager told police she wasn’t doing it for an award, but was just doing it help save lives.
And check this out: after receiving this recognition, Ms Hunter has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a mental health charity that is yet to be decided.
OK. Here’s my goal for tomorrow: be a little nicer, help a little harder, be more like Paige. I just love this.