Are You O.K?

Originally published 2015 by Forward For Life

Chance encounter

Jamie Harrington, who featured on the photography project ‘Humans of Dublin’. He spoke of a chance encounter which led to him saving the life of a man in distress on a Dublin bridge.

Upon seeing the man, who was clearly distressed, Jamie simply asked him “Are You O.K?” These these three little words were the start of an encounter that saved a mans’ life.

Jamie and Terry

Photo: Jamie Harrington and Terry Rigby from Forward For Life at BBC Breakfast, August 7th 2015

Positive outcomes

The story went viral on social media. Jamie, a ‘Young Ambassador’ campaigning for Dublin to become the next European Capital of Culture in 2020, was repaid in a very special way. The man who had kept in contact with Jamie since their encounter on the bridge told him the news; that his girlfriend was having a child, and they were going to name the child after him.

Our small input

Terry Rigby, Founder and Company Director of Forward For Life Social Enterprise has worked in the field of mental health and suicide prevention since 1999.

Both Jamie (16 years old) and Terry (45 years young) visited BBC Breakfast on 7th August 2015 to talk about Jamies’ incredible story, suicide prevention and how to best support people whose lives were potentially at risk from suicide.

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BBC Presenters: Naga Munchetty & Christian Fraser

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