It was only because my bike had a flat tire that I had to go on the southside of the Manhattan Bridge this morning but as it came up to a runner who was standing looking and angle at something on the bridge today realize that there was a man about to jump off.
He was on the outside of the top fence and was holding on by one hand when I came up. A morning runner had stopped and was talking to him when I came up and assured him that no matter what was going on in his life, no matter what brought him to the feelings he was having, that it was going to pass and it would get better. I begged him to look at me and kept talking to him as he was non-verbal and a couple times I thought he wasn't going to make it.
Eventually one other older guy joined us and he started admonishing the guy for being up there. He made a move to grab him. He could have easily jumped because we were only holding his forearm and hand but I told him he had to make the decision NOW to come off the bridge. Look at me. I told him again. He was a young man, his eyes were frightened and then his eyes relaxed and he said "I'm coming off". We pulled him over to the pedestrian walkway and I offered him to come with me to get a cup of coffee at the "Cup and Saucer" diner. Later we were even laughing about little things but ALWAYS connecting.
I shared a Be Mighty flyer with him but then police came to take him to talk to a professional and I gave him my card. I hope I can get to hang out with him one day and go dancing.
Remember that those around you could be having the worst day of their life. Be kind, be mighty!