Hero driver saves man’s life after parking under bridge to stop him jumping

A truck driver has been praised after parking his lorry underneath a motorway bridge after a man ‘threatened to jump’.

The heroic lorry driver moved their vehicle onto hard shoulder and parked it up directly underneath the part of the bridge where the man was sitting over the M62.

They then left it there until the man was safely escorted off the bridge, LeedsLive reports.

The image has now been shared by dozens with heaps of praise being posted for the driver of the heavy goods vehicle.

One person said: “Well done to that lorry driver. Hope the person on the bridge gets the help they need.”

While another added: “Trucker is a good human and deserves the utmost respect.”

Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds posted: “IT’S OKAY – NOT TO BE OKAY.

Mental health and suicide support

Helplines and support groups

The NHS Choices website[1] lists the following helplines and support networks for people to talk to.

  • Samaritans[2] (116 123) 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 [email protected][3].
  • Childline[4] (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[5] (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Mind[6] (0300 123 3393) is a charity based in England providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Students Against Depression[7] is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK[8] is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
  •  Young Persons Advisory Service –  Providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Liverpool’s children, young people and families.  tel: 0151 707 1025    email: [email protected][9][10]

“This is a picture from the M62 Motorway Bridge – a passerby has posted it to raise awareness of the situation at hand.

“What people don’t understand is that to jump on the other side of any bridge – indicates something drastically wrong with their mental health. But what’s next……..?

“I have family who have been at this point before and still had to wait a week for an appointment when she found herself on top of a bridge – this post is to raise that awareness that – IT’S OKAY – NOT TO BE OKAY – and you can or should speak out.

“What a trucker – stopping on the hard shoulder and leaving his truck there – to ensure when he did jump – it wasn’t a longer distance to the floor.”

References

  1. ^ NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk)
  2. ^ Samaritans (www.samaritans.org)
  3. ^ [email protected] (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Childline (www.childline.org.uk)
  5. ^ PAPYRUS (www.papyrus-uk.org)
  6. ^ Mind (www.mind.org.uk)
  7. ^ Students Against Depression (studentsagainstdepression.org)
  8. ^ Bullying UK (www.bullying.co.uk)
  9. ^ Young Persons Advisory Service (www.ypas.org.uk)
  10. ^ [email protected] (www.birminghammail.co.uk)