Saturday, December 22, 2018

Taxi driver who helped save man threatening to jump from bridge says 'if I'd not stopped I would have never forgiven myself'

One of the 'unsung heroes' who was praised by police for stopping a man jumping off a bridge in Bolton has spoken out.

A taxi driver who stopped a man from throwing himself off a bridge said he would have 'never forgiven himself' if he hadn't pulled over to help.

AJ Singh, 25, was driving along the A666 in Bolton when he noticed a man standing on the wrong side of the railings.

AJ, who was driving home after dropping a customer off, pulled off the dual carriageway and talked with the man for around an hour.

The young taxi driver said other members of the public stopped to help too, and eventually coaxed the man back to safety.

AJ, from Altrincham, said: "I was just about to join the motorway when I noticed a man on the wrong side of the bridge.

"I put my hazard lights on and went over to him. My main worry was that he was going to fall off the bridge and into the path of an oncoming car.

"While I was speaking to him some other members of the public came over and they rang the police.

"I just kept talking to him. It's a shame it had got to that stage. I felt like the system had let him down.

"He was obviously in a really dark place, and it was scary to see somebody in that position.

"I just thought this man is somebody's loved one. I felt that could relate to him. I have family and friends who have had mental health problems. If I hadn't pulled over, I wouldn't have been able to forgive myself.

"At one stage I thought he was going to jump but eventually we managed to get him to come back and we pulled him over the barrier."

Taxi driver AJ Singh was part of a group of 'unsung heroes' who helped stop a man from throwing himself off a bridge in Bolton.

Police in Bolton praised AJ and the rest of the group for their actions on Thursday.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital to be assessed by mental health workers.

Police praised the group for their brave actions

In a message posted on the GMP Bolton page, officers said: "A massive thank you to those unsung heroes who helped to save the young man.

"Hopefully he will get the help he needs."

Source : Manchester Evening News

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : Don't Suffer Alone.

As we enter what for many is a happy time of year, we shouldn't forget that not everyone will be feeling that way. 

Many, who perhaps have recently lost a partner or other pertinent reason, may look at this period as a lonely and sad time. 

So it's worth knowing that if you text 
Samaritans (116123) when you're feeling depressed, angry or even suicidal, a crisis worker will text you back after a few minutes and will continue to text with you.

Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.

Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information. http://www.depressionalliance.org/

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying. http://studentsagainstdepression.org/

The Sanctuary (0300 003 7029) helps people who are struggling to cope - experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or in crisis. You can call them between 8pm and 6am every night.operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org .

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The reason he was going to jump is he'd just been surged priced by uber.