A 22-year-old U.K. mother revealed what a good Samaritan told her as she was about to kill herself by jumping off a building.
Charley Wills told the Huddersfield Examiner that a woman happened to see her and stopped her from jumping. She told the paper that she was depressed after leaving an abusive relationship earlier this year before driving to the Queensgate Market parking lot to jump.
She said, “I just couldn’t handle all things that were happening to me. I had lost my home and a lot of people in my life. I felt like nobody understood and I just needed a cuddle.”
The woman added: “I’d got really ill and [my son] Hugo was going back to his dad’s for a few days. That was the day everything went crashing down. I drove to the top of the multistorey car park (parking lot); there were so many thoughts going through my head.”
The woman came over after about an hour and spoke to her.
“In my head, I was there for only five minutes but in reality, it was probably about an hour. This lady came over and held my waist. She said, ‘Let’s just go and get a cup of coffee, things are going to be okay,’” Wills said.
She added: “Every time I inched closer to the edge she would just hold me. If it weren’t for her and the police lady who turned up, my little boy would have no one to tuck him into bed at night.”
Wills is now in therapy, living with her sister.
Her former boyfriend also told her that she should have jumped. “Then I got a message from him saying I should have jumped. To say that to your child’s mother is disgusting,” she said.
Wills made a post on Facebook in an attempt to find the stranger who had helped her. Someone who knew the woman and tagged her.
“I sent her a message on Facebook just to say thank you along with a picture of my son,” she said. “She replied saying that just knowing I was okay was enough in the way of thanks.
“I honestly can’t thank all these people enough. If it weren’t for her, the police officer, and my sister Casey, Hugo would be without a mum to put him to bed,” the woman said. “There are so many people in this situation who are in abusive or manipulative relationships and need to get out. I realise now that I’m worth 10 times more than he made me feel.”
On Facebook, people said she should think about her son first.
“Times will get hard but you’ve just gotta remember you’ve got your little boy that adores his mummy,” said one person, according to the Daily Mail.
In the United States, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Young people can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.
In Canada, the line is 1-833-456-4566.
In Australia, the crisis support service hotline is 13 11 14 (Lifeline).
Other worldwide suicide hotlines can be found at www.befrienders.org.