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Off-duty paramedic saves young woman from suicide attempt with random act of kindness

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A young woman was talked off the ledge of a bridge as she was considering taking her own life.

Lauren Elizabeth, a 23-year-old mother of two from Canterbury, England, told SWNS she was struggling with her mental health leading up to the event.

After finishing a cigarette, Elizabeth stood on the top of an overpass in the town that she and her two kids live in — and was ready to jump when an off-duty paramedic spotted her.

“She pulled up, and I was crying,” she said to SWNS about the woman who pulled up her car to the side.

“She said, ‘Are you OK?’ and I said, ‘I’m fine, leave me alone.’”

Elizabeth went on to explain that the off-duty paramedic said she was going to “pull around the corner” — and the rest was a blur to her.

Elizabeth said the police showed up and brought her to the back of an officer’s car.

“I broke down and told them everything,” she said. 

The mom of two was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, England, before being transferred to a signposting unit where she was further assessed, according to SWNS.

Elizabeth, who lives in Ashford, England, with her two children — ages 6 and 4 — said she owes the paramedic “everything.”

“If it wasn’t for the paramedic who stopped that night, I wouldn’t have got the help I needed or been able to see my children grow up,” she told SWNS.

Elizabeth was able to speak with the paramedic to express her appreciation — saying that if the woman hadn’t shown up and taken the time to speak with her, she wouldn’t be here today. 

“There was very little that would have changed my mind — it was more that somebody was there,” she said. 

Elizabeth said she is in a much better place now.

She hopes that others will stop and think next time they see something similar. 

“It can really help to know that people care,” she said. 

She also said, “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”