A SYSTON woman has made an appeal to find the stranger who “saved her life” earlier this week, when she was determined to take her own life.
Charlotte-Lilly Barker told the Leicester Times that she wants to thank the woman who came to her aid on Tuesday (February 8), when she “hit rock bottom”, and found herself at Syston Train Station waiting for a train to come so that she could end her life.
However, the 29-year-old’s distress was spotted by an unknown lady who came to her aid, helped to pull her back, and told her that “life was worth living”.
“I’d like to share my story because she saved my life, and I never got the opportunity to thank her,” revealed Charlotte, who is now getting the help she needs.
“A man called Daniel also helped to pull me back from the bridge, but it was the woman who took me in her arms afterwards and held me so tight,” she said.
“We were on the floor sobbing together on the floor and it felt like she didn’t want to let me go. I grew up in care so I’ve never really had that and I’ve never really been one to show my emotions, but it was nice to be able to let it out and she was there cuddling me. It felt almost quite motherly,” she added.
“I just can’t believe that a total stranger could be like that and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be here today. I was in such a state. She stayed with me for about half an hour before the police came and took me away.
“It was all a bit of a blur, but now I’m in a better place, I’d like to reach out to her and stay in touch. She was just so kind.”
The incident happened at Syston railway station at around 3pm on Tuesday.
Charlotte described the lady as being “probably in her late 30’s-early 40’s.”
She is currently undergoing psychiatric care, after being detained under the Mental Health Act.
Now she is in much better place, she told the Leicester Times that she is so glad someone stopped her from taking that leap.
“It felt like there was someone looking down on me,” she said. I felt like that lady was in the right place at the right time. I’ve had a tough upbringing, a history of sexual abuse, and problems with my mental health for a long time, but she’s restored some of my faith in humanity,” she added.
If you are the good samaritan who helped Charlotte in her hour of need, please get in touch with us at: email@example.com
Alternatively contact Charlotte via her Facebook page.
Anyone who needs help with their own mental health, should call the Samaritans on: 116 123
By Louise Steel