Paige Hunter, Wearmouth Bridge: teenager whose work helped save six lives.

A teenager who has helped people in need by tagging the Wearmouth Bridge with messages of support has been praised by top city cops. Paige Hunter, from Plains Farm, pinned more than 40 notes to the bridge, offering kind words and advice to those feeling vulnerable.

A teenager who has helped people in need by tagging the Wearmouth Bridge with messages of support has been praised by top city cops. Paige Hunter, from Plains Farm, pinned more than 40 notes to the bridge, offering kind words and advice to those feeling vulnerable.

Paige Hunter’s comfort notes left on Wearmouth Bridge The 18-year-old has been hailed by people across the North East for her efforts, and says she has been told they may have helped save six lives already. The East Durham College student, who is taking a health and social care course at its Peterlee campus, has been presented with a framed commendation certificate by Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt after the neighbourhood team responsible for the city centre championed the idea.

Chief Supt Pitt said: “It goes to recognise her understanding of vulnerable people in need of support and the innovative way used to get to people going through a trauma. “For somebody so young, that’s a really good value to have and for us and mental health teams across the board it could mean they access what they need and recognise there are options for them and to support them as they go through life circumstances.” I think Paige is a real inspiration and hopefully an inspiration to others. Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt “There used to be a stigma around this, but now it’s very much accepted that when your brain goes through an injury or is struggling, it’s fine to get support. “I think Paige is a real inspiration and hopefully an inspiration to others.

“She’s made a difference.” Chief Supt Pitt added the force is working with the city’s council, NHS and other services as it looks at ways to best help those facing mental health issues

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