Woman who almost jumped off bridge now leaves encouraging notes there to save the lives of others

  • 12 Jun - 18 Jun, 2021
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Every two weeks, Paige Hunter visits Wearmouth Bridge with laminated notes of encouragement that she hopes will prevent someone from taking their own life. The 21-year-old once stood on the edge of the bridge in Sunderland, England, herself, contemplating the worst. "I was going through a lot at the time and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder," she told The Washington Post. As she considered jumping off the bridge, two strangers approached her and said, "You are worth so much more than this." "Those words changed my life," Hunter recalled. After returning home, Hunter began to think those words could change someone else's life too. The next day she wrote what those strangers had said to her on a piece of paper, and stuck it to Wearmouth Bridge. Since that day in 2018, Hunter has continued to bring uplifting messages to the bridge – decorating it with over 1,000 signs in the past three years, she told The Post. In addition to those original eight words that were imparted on her, Hunter has also written messages like "Don't give up. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever," and "Even though things are difficult, your life matters." She includes a phone number for those in need to seek mental health services, too.