A young mum has revealed how a stranger saved her life by clinging to her waist and refusing to let go as she was about to jump off a multi-storey car park.
Charley Wills was at her lowest ebb after leaving an abusive relationship and spiralled into a dark place which left her crippled with depression.
In September, the beauty therapist found herself driving to a multi-storey car park, where she sat on the edge in a bid to end her life.
However the 22-year-old was stopped by a Samaritan who she has now been reconnected with, reports Examiner Live.
Charley, who has a one-year-old son named Hugo, said: "I just couldn’t handle all things that were happening to me.
"I had lost my home and a lot of people in my life. I felt like nobody understood and I just needed a cuddle.
"I’d got really ill and Hugo was going back to his dad’s for a few days. That was the day everything went crashing down. I drove to the top of the multi-storey car park – there were so many thoughts going through my head.
"In my head I was there for only five minutes but in reality it was probably about an hour. This lady came over and held my waist. She said, ‘let’s just go and get a cup of coffee, things are going to be okay’.
"Every time I inched closer to the edge she would just hold me. If it weren’t for her and the police lady who turned up, my little boy would have no one to tuck him into bed at night."
Charley, who is originally from Honley but now lives with her sister Casey in Wakefield, was sectioned after the incident, but has since begun her recovery and is on the mend.
She added: "I know my worth now. The day I was sectioned, I would have still got back with my ex. Then I got a message from him saying I should have jumped. To say that to your child’s mother is disgusting."
In a bid to find the stranger who helped her, Charley put a post on Facebook in the hope it would reach her.
Facebook delivered, after the post was shared hundreds of times and it was spotted by someone who knew the lady and tagged her in it.
"I sent her a message on Facebook just to say thank you along with a picture of my son", said Charley.
"She replied saying that just knowing I was okay was enough in the way of thanks.
"I honestly can’t thank all these people enough. If it weren’t for her, the police officer, and my sister Casey, Hugo would be without a mum to put him to bed and to watch TV with.
"There are so many people in this situation who are in abusive or manipulative relationships and need to get out. I realise now that I’m worth 10 times more than he made me feel."
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