Hero lorry driver ‘saves man’s life’ by stopping under M62 bridge

A lorry driver has been hailed as a hero for reportedly stopping underneath a motorway bridge to stop a man from jumping.

A distressing image which emerged on Thursday, showed a man who had climbed over the railing of the M62 bridge and sat on the end, looking down towards the motorway.

When a lorry driver saw him, they parked their vehicle on the hard shoulder right beneath where the man was sitting, Leeds Live[1] reports.

The driver then left it there until the man was safely escorted off the bridge.

The image has been shared hundreds of times online, with many people praising the lorry driver for their quick thinking.

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

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

A third said: “Fantastic lorry driver he needs a medal. Poor man, hope he gets the help he needs.”

Mental health and suicide support

Helplines and support groups

The following are helplines and support networks for people to talk to, mostly listed on the NHS Choices website[2]

  • Samaritans[3] (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][4].
  • Childline[5] (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[6] (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Mind[7] (0300 123 3393) is a charity 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[8] is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK[9] is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
  • Amparo provides emotional and practical support for anyone who has been affected by a suicide. This includes dealing with police and coroners; helping with media enquiries; preparing for and attending an inquest and helping to access other, appropriate, local support services. Call 0330 088 9255 or visit www.amparo.org.uk[10] for more details.

  • Hub of Hope[11] is the UK’s most comprehensive national mental health support database. Download the free app, visit hubofhope.co.uk[12] or text HOPE to 85258 to find relevant services near you.
  • 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][13][14]
  • Paul’s Place – providing free counselling and group sessions to anyone living in Merseyside who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Tel: 0151 226 0696 or email: [email protected][15][16]
  • The Martin Gallier Project – offering face to face support for individuals considering suicide and their families. Opening hours 9.30-16.30, 7 days a week. Tel: 0151 644 0294 email: [email protected][17][18]

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

“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……..?

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what’s on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here[19].

“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. ^ Leeds Live (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk)
  3. ^ Samaritans (www.samaritans.org)
  4. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  5. ^ Childline (www.childline.org.uk)
  6. ^ PAPYRUS (www.papyrus-uk.org)
  7. ^ Mind (www.mind.org.uk)
  8. ^ Students Against Depression (studentsagainstdepression.org)
  9. ^ Bullying UK (www.bullying.co.uk)
  10. ^ www.amparo.org.uk (www.amparo.org.uk)
  11. ^ Hub of Hope (www.hubofhope.co.uk)
  12. ^ hubofhope.co.uk (www.hubofhope.co.uk)
  13. ^ Young Persons Advisory Service (www.ypas.org.uk)
  14. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  15. ^ Paul’s Place (beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk)
  16. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  17. ^ The Martin Gallier Project (www.gallierhouse.co.uk)
  18. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  19. ^ signing up here (communicatoremail.com)