The girl was about to jump off when a brave stranger followed and approached her, put his arms around her, and talked her out of taking her own life.
Everyone feels down at times. The breakup of a relationship or a bad grade can lead to low mood. Sometimes sadness comes on for no apparent reason. Sometimes, mental health issues contribute to suicidal thoughts. However, what most depressed and suicidal people need is just someone to talk to and comfort them in times like these.
Michal Klein from New Jersey had just come out of Broadway-Lafayette station in Manhattan when she saw two people sitting on a beam, about 20 feet (approx. 6 meters) above the subway platform. At first glance, she thought they were two friends sitting together in a very dangerous place.
“I couldn’t really tell if they were laughing or if one person was crying. I thought it was friends. I wasn’t sure. My first thought was: How did they get up there? I thought they were just goofing off,” she told CBS New York.
The boy had his arm wrapped around the girl, and it seemed as if they were talking about something serious. Curious as to what they were doing there, she asked another woman about what happened. “She told me the girl had climbed over the railing and went across the beam, and she said suicidal things,” Klein said.
Then a man came and followed the young woman to the beam to calm her down and comfort her by putting an arm around her. “It was just like a random person who went over to keep her calm,” Klein told New York Daily News.
Seeing the man risking his life to help a stranger, Klein said to CBS New York: “I don’t know what I would’ve done. I don’t think I would’ve climbed over to do that. He actually cared enough, whoever he was, to help her. A lot of people seemed to be like, ‘Oh, it’s New York,’ and kept walking.”
Police soon arrived and escorted her from the station to an ambulance. “I just hope that she gets help,” Klein said to New York Daily News.