Recently, the subreddit r/HumansBeingBros featured a viral photo of a Samaritans suicide prevention sign pinned on one of the bridges in London that’s been “vandalized” by anonymous people’s positive thoughts and words of hope.

While the sign itself served the purpose of convincing a potential suicide victim to step away from the ledge and to seek help, others used a marker to write things like You are loved, Your friends would rather hear your problems than go to your funeral, and other positive phrases.

A suicide prevention sign was recently "vandalized" with positivity in London—turns out, Brits are very eager to share positive messages as it's not the first!

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One such person, Paige Hunter, has stood out with her suicide prevention notes found in Sunderland, England

As it turns out, a number of Brits are very active and open in spreading positivity and expressing kind words when it comes to suicide prevention. One of the more noteworthy people among them is Paige Hunter, a 21-year-old from Sunderland, England who has been leaving notes of hope on a local bridge urging people to reconsider giving in to their suicidal thoughts.

Each note had a short phrase or sentence written on it. These included things like Step back. You’re worth it!, Don’t give up. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever, and This isn’t how it ends. Bored Panda invites you to check out some of Hunter’s suicide prevention notes left for people. And while you’re down there, why not vote and comment on the ones you liked the most?

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Katelyn
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2 months ago

Yes actually that's all I want...

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COcO BAMa
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2 months ago

So Sweet !!

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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2 months ago

Awe thats really cute

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Paige Hunter is a 21-year-old who, a couple years back, decided to write up some positive words and phrases to be put on the Wearmouth Bridge in her hometown of Sunderland, England.

Each piece of paper was written on colored note paper using markers of various colors. The pieces of paper were also laminated so that they wouldn’t be affected by the weather.

The various notes include relatively short messages showing care and support for a potential suicide victim. These include a number of strong phrases, like You have the power to say ‘This is not how my story will end,’ The world is much better with you in it, If you end it now, you will be so deeply missed, Step back! You’re worth it, and a bunch of others.

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Janelle Madison
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2 months ago

We all do

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

If I read this during a seemingly endless bout of depression, I would definitely kill myself—on the spot, if at all possible. Thoughts like “YOU don’t know me!” “You have no idea what my life is like and how relentless this is.” Because I’m having only a very mild depression year this year, reading it didn’t drive me to show them just how wrong they are.

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Eagle Girl
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2 months ago

"Remember it all works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out, It's Not the end" These words have gotten me through A Lot.

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Hunter calls these Notes of Hope as they aim to do exactly that—give hope to those who need it the most. It is her special way of telling people that they matter and that there are countless people who care for them, even if they don’t know them. It’s a sign of love and respect for others in need of support.

It is said that she has placed over 40 notes, each with a bit of unique text. A couple years back, it was reported that Hunter had managed to save the lives of 6 people, though her description on Facebook today says that the number has increased a bit over fourfold—it is now 28.

Hunter has received recognition for her actions. Namely, on July 16th, 2018, Northumbria Police awarded her a Commander’s Compliment for her positive action to help with the prevention of suicide. This is besides many internauts commending her for it online.

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El Dee
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2 months ago

This one has real resonance..

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Hazel Fruend
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2 months ago

I donno... Am I worth it?

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Gin Marie
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2 months ago

I tried to kill myself after Iraq. Several people at the VA told me, "Women aren't in combat." Like the insurgents see boobs and stop shooting. (Although, after three months in Iraq and losing forty pounds, I no longer had any.) So the VA wouldn't treat me. I had nightmares whenever I closed my eyes. I had panic attacks in vehicles constantly, because....IEDs. And because I'm a woman, people really resented me needing help instead of supplying it. I was absolutely convinced I was a burden on people, that I was doing the world a favor. Why? Because people TOLD me I was a burden.

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As mentioned previously, Hunter isn’t the only one who’s been doing so. Similar laminated notes were also found on other bridges around the UK, namely in Gwent, Cwmbran, Pontypool, Glasgow, a bridge over A14, and a number of other places.

This just goes to show that people are not indifferent to the problem of suicide in the UK and that it ought to be resolved.

If you or anyone in your social circles are contemplating suicide, please do not hesitate to seek help by contacting your local suicide hotline or service easily found by means of Google or other online search engines.

It goes without saying that you matter, that there is nothing wrong with you, that the world is not an inherently bad place, and that without you, the world just wouldn’t be right.

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Shannon Oney
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2 months ago

awe...

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Hazel Fruend
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2 months ago

Good. I'm not falling. The earth is.

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banana man
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2 months ago

correct!

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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2 months ago

And It Rhymes!

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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2 months ago

The little heart 💖

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

More rhyming!

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Kemba_Waffle
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2 months ago

Beautiful message and beautiful handwriting <3

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Steve Bowman
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2 months ago

Why?

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Hazel Fruend
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2 months ago

Nice!

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deanna woods
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2 months ago

In situations like this, your heart beats faster because it's telling you that it wants to live. Even your heart knows it's not your time.

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N G
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2 months ago

That number in the bottom left is for the Samaritans by the way. If you are in the UK and need their support, that's their phone number. It's free 24 hours a day. They are a charity, so if you don't NEED their help, but want to help THEM, you can donate.

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

As a survivor...

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

That sign doesn’t know *anything* about my life!

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ArhomR
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2 months ago

Hey, @Steve Bowman. You are here adding to the conversation but refusing to see that there are people on BP who are concerned for you. Many have admitted to feeling like life just isn’t worth the struggle and yet they have found something that made them shift the pain. They have come back from the abyss. They are people who “know” pain and decided, again a choice, to squash the demons and move on. There are lots of places for help and encouragement. Reach out, Buddy.

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Purbasha Banai
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2 months ago

I don't think the word "solution" is a right word here at all. It is never a solution. It's a disaster.

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Lydia Coy
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2 months ago (edited)

I wouldnt.. everyone else would

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Eagle Girl
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2 months ago

Breathe. That's a good one. Slows spiraling adrenaline.

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Hazel Fruend
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2 months ago (edited)

There was a car in the middle of an interstate stopped with its hood up with no signs saying that he wouldn’t move. The person in front of us SLAMMED on their brakes and us carrying a 2,100 pound camper and a truck, could not stop in time. And from that time (less than a week) we have been having flat tires on our way home. My dad was driving and I was in passenger seat. I was lucky no air bags went off. I would've been dead or close.

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Hazel Fruend
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2 months ago

My mom would not listen to me if I said that.

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Hazel Fruend
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2 months ago

K. Good to know.

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Steve Bowman
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2 months ago

You don't even know me. How can you care?

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Nuri
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2 months ago

Nobody comment on the bad spelling please, it's the text that counts

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Not always true

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2 months ago

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Forever is too long, but I’ll do my best for right now.

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