Passing members of the public refused to let go of a suicidal man preparing to jump off of a bridge in Golders Green, North London.
The group of strangers immediately rushed to grab him through the bars so he wouldn’t be able to jump. The passersby aren’t believed to have known each other before the event.
As emergency services were called to the scene, the heroic members of the public remained with the man for two hours.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed the man had been detained under the Mental Health Act.
In plain sight of the public, the men held on to the suicidal man, using various ways to ensure that he would not be able to make the jump. Some of the men tied ropes around his body and legs to literally fasten him to the bridge railings.
One man desperately gripped his belt; another held his arms around the man’s neck, while somebody held his legs tightly.
Suicide is a real issue and I don’t think enough people really understand it. Each year, 34,598 people die by suicide. Suicide is something we CAN prevent, so why aren’t we doing our best?