A Hull man wants people to know there is help out there after he talked a stranger out of committing suicide.
Kieron Burrows, 18, was walking home from a night out in the early hours of Sunday morning when he came across a 21-year-old man in distress outside Hull Royal Infirmary.
The stranger was on his way to Park Street bridge when Kieron managed to calm him down and waited with him until doctors admitted him to A&E.
“It was about 2am and I’d been on a night out and thought I’d had enough to drink and just wanted to go home,” said Kieron, who works for Heron foods.
“I saw this man talking to an older gentleman and he was clearly in some distress. He wasn’t drunk or on drugs or anything, he just seemed really annoyed and tense.
“That’s when I heard the older bloke say to him ‘Look, you’re just an attention seeker, there’s a bridge over there why don’t you use it’.
“The man had started walking towards the bridge when I got to him and so I started talking to him about everything that had happened.”
Anyone feeling low or suicidal is urged to speak to one of these organisations:
Hull and East Yorkshire Mind
Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Kieron, of Albert Avenue, found the 21-year-old had been taken to Hull Royal Infirmary by Humberside Police Officers over concerns for his safety, but had left after he didn’t think anyone would be able to help him.
He told Kieron he had a little boy, and felt he couldn’t cope anymore with problems that had arisen over his current relationship.
“I managed to persuade him that the hospital could help, so I walked with him into A&E and stayed with him for about two hours until he was finally admitted. Then I carried on with my walk home.
“It’s something I would have done for anybody, not just him, and I’ve been in that frame of mind before where you think the only solution is to kill yourself.
“This man had a little boy and I didn’t want to wake up reading about another young person taking their own life over something that can be sorted out if you just ask for help.
“Suicide is not the final answer. It just passes your pain onto your family and friends. I just want people to know there is someone who will listen, and they can get the help they need without resorting to suicide.”
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