A teenager has been praised for her efforts after it was discovered she’s saved six people from taking their own lives.
18-year-old Paige Hunter, from Northumberland, appeared on today’s episode of This Morning (August 2, 2018), where she revealed what she had done in order to prevent a number of tragedies.
Just four months ago, Paige had considered taking her own life at a place notorious for those contemplating suicide. However, she was talked down by two good samaritans who let her know she was ‘worth more.’
Turning her own pain into action, brave Paige has since dedicated her time to leaving brightly coloured notes of positivity at the very same location. And there are many people who are grateful to her.
Praising the teen, presenter Ruth Langsford said:
You’re very reluctant to talk about yourself and what you’re doing, but we think you need to be celebrated.
Paige estimated she’d left around 240 handwritten messages at the location, writing words of support such as ‘you are not alone’ and ‘you’re worth so much more than this.’
So far, Paige is aware of six lives she’s helped to save, and has even been given an award for her efforts by Northumbria Police.
You can find out more about this inspirational young woman for yourself below:
Ruth proceeded to read a message of gratitude from one anonymous individual Paige had helped give a ‘second chance at life’:
Thank you Paige for not only giving me a second chance at life, but saving my family from going through the grief.
You helped me seek the help and support I needed, and words can’t describe how grateful I am for such a lovely young selfless woman. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be here anymore.
When asked what she would say to somebody going through a similar situation, Paige responded:
Talk to somebody. Family, friends or professionals. It’s important.
Meanwhile on Twitter, viewers were deeply moved and impressed by Paige’s heroic spirit and concern for others.
One person tweeted:
What a lovely thing to do. Paige is an amazing young lady. Made me cry listening to her.
While another said:
Such as simple and beautiful idea, well done Paige. [sic]
Such as simple and beautiful idea, well done Paige ?
— clancy ? (@esta_x) August 1, 2018
Paige has shown that just the action of one can help others…remember silence is the main killer – if you need help – let it be known – seeking help is not failure – it is a small victory that will eventually conquer any inner or exterior demons that tell you otherwise.
— Jason Breed (@FitoPlantCare) August 1, 2018
What a lovely thing to do. Paige is an amazing young lady. Made me cry listening to her. XX
— Brenda Roberts (@Brrrenda) August 2, 2018
Fantastic courage. You are helping so many x
— Parents of Teens Village (@ParentsPre) August 1, 2018
At such a young age, Paige has already demonstrated what an incredible force for good one person can become in the world.
As CALM ambassador Rachel Stephenson – who was also present on the show – beautifully put it:
It just goes to show that it’s something that you and I, everyday people, can actually get involved with as well, not just places like the police or even charities like CALM.
It’s something we can take into our everyday lives.
I’m sure many people who’ve heard Paige’s story will have been inspired to find their own ways to reach out to those who might be struggling.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence, please don’t suffer alone. Call Samaritans for free on their anonymous 24-hour phone line on 116 123.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.