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Kindness of strangers Selfless woman tells Ryan Tubridy how she helped stop man from killing himself

"I didn't know this guy and the two boys didn't know him. I didn't know the boys, we were all strangers, but it wasn't (this man’s) day to go"

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The woman told her story to Ryan Tubridy on his radio show this morning

The woman told her story to Ryan Tubridy on his radio show this morning

The woman told her story to Ryan Tubridy on his radio show this morning

A selfless woman who stopped a stranger from killing himself has appealed to people to “go with their gut feeling” if they see someone who they think is in trouble. 

Susan was speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning about how she was on her way to her local supermarket last week when she saw a man on a bridge who looked upset.

“I was coming home 40 minutes later and he was still there,” she said. “

"The traffic was quite slow so I could see that he had been crying. My gut feeling said to me 'that guy is not well, he needs some help, he needs a hug or someone to talk to'.

“I went down the road and I just said to myself, ‘what if I hear the next day that someone had died at that particular spot’. I would never forgive myself for not going back.

“So, I parked my car and walked back up and I asked him was he okay and he just shook his head.

“Where he was, lots of people had driven by and had walked by him and I was just thinking if it was me and I was so upset, that I would like someone to come and say to me ‘Are you okay?'

"I thought 'I need some help here' and then two students coming home from a local secondary school approached and said to me 'are you okay?'. I shook my head and said 'no' and then they said to the guy, 'Are you okay buddy?’ but he still wasn’t talking, he was just shaking his head.

“We were just trying to talk to him, and say that it's okay, everything's going to be okay. He had his head in his hands and he was just so distraught and had said on maybe three occasions, ‘I just want to die’.

"I just said there are people out there who care, 'we care about you’. And the two boys were very, very good in the words that they had used and one of them had his arms around him.”

Susan said the man at one stage had moved up onto the railings and had his chest hanging over when a bus stopped, and the driver got out.

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“I was shaking at this stage because I was holding onto this guy's shoulders and so was one of the other kids and my legs were wobbling.

He asked me was I okay, and I said "I'm not, he's going to go over", and he went to topple over.

“With the busman, and all our strength we pulled him back and got him down on the ground. We were all relieved that he just got down and didn't leave this world because he had two young kids.

“There are just too many people that are leaving this world far too young," she added, revealing that the man was just 33.

Susan said that after the gardai were called he got into their car and then an ambulance arrived.

“I just hope he got the help that he needs,” Susan added.

“I don't know where he is now but he's still alive.”

Susan praised the students and the bus man for stopping and added that she was just glad she went back to say, "Are you okay?"

Ryan hailed "the kindness of strangers in this country” and then asked Susan what she took from the experience.

She said: “I didn't know this guy and the two boys didn't know him. I didn't know the boys, we were all strangers, but it wasn't (this man’s) day to go.

“And (I would say) just go with your gut feeling if you see someone who is upset, who's in distress, maybe they just need someone to say are you okay, or someone to talk to and that's it.”

If you have been affected by this story, you can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ie

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