What would you do if you were aware of an individual who was contemplating suicide? Would you know what to say? How to react? Would you call the police or a help hotline?
This is a situation that most of us would never even consider as we go about our daily lives. However, things can dramatically change in a matter of seconds, many times randomly by chance.
It’s important to consider such a possibility because you could literally hold someone’s fate in your hands. In the video below, two young men called a cab service and installed a camera in the back window when they entered the vehicle.
During the drive, each man would open up to the driver about how poorly not only their day was going, but their life as a whole. Getting laid off/fired from their job was the focal point of each conversation, with one man then discussing how it has negatively impacted the relationship with his girlfriend and the other with his kids.
Both men ask the driver to pull over at a bridge because they feel as though they have nothing to live for anymore and want to just end it all. The drivers – who are complete strangers – are noticeably sickened by such a possibility and do everything in their power to prevent such a tragedy from happening.
Thankfully, of course, the suicide was never truly going to take place but the feelings and emotion were real. The drivers had no idea that this was just an experiment and one of the men refused to even tell him because he was so visibly shaken in the moment.
What a video like this does is shows us how caring and compassionate most of the people (even strangers) in the world truly are. If someone you’ve only known for a few minutes would care so much about your well-being, imagine how your friends, family and other loved ones would react if they knew.
It’s unfortunate that the majority of news we are exposed to in today’s society is negative but more exposure to uplifting examples such as this can help us think differently about the world we live in.
There is one death by suicide in the world every forty seconds. By simply educating ourselves and raising awareness for others, we can make a difference.