Choose To See

A friend did something remarkable today. He stopped a young woman from taking her own life.

What would you have done? He stopped. He talked to her. Asked her name.

Others walked past. They didn’t see. Or they chose not to.

She said she’d been told no-one could help her.

He said that there was hope.

A woman stopped and rang the police. Others walked past. They didn’t see. Or chose not to.

The police came.

It’s made us think. About mental health, about the fear and upset people go through every day. About what support is out there and lack of it. About that young woman. About our own children.

More than anything, we are thinking about the not seeing. If we can not see a young woman trying to kill herself, what else are we not seeing. What else are we choosing to not see.

My friend did something remarkable today. He stopped a young woman from taking her own life.

Anyone would have done the same surely. Talked to her.

But they didn’t. They didn’t see. Or chose not to.

 

Photo by Sean Brown on Unsplash

2 comments

  1. Thanks for posting this. It’s great to see that there are those people out there. I recently just discovered this, not as the friend who helped but the one being helped. I can describe the agony I was going through, the pain I felt, the loneliness and the sense of worthlessness.

    BUT …. there was someone there, I was at a low point in my life, the lowest point I have ever been, the point where even i thought I couldn’t go on. I am not one to think like this but that night (6 days ago) I had gone past thinking just about it and started to plan. I reached out and a friend, someone i never expected stood up and answered that call, if they hadn’t i don’t know if I’d still be here.

    I am OK now, and getting the help i need, but let your friend know that what they did is nothing short of a miracle. I don’t think i can ever repay that person that helped me, but I will always keep trying.

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