Sunderland Suicide Survivor Calls for greater prevention and support on North East Bridges

In Autumn last year, David Lenaghan aged 29, was at a low point in his life. Suffering from mental health challenges, he decided that he “couldn’t take anymore and his life was just too much”, and took the decision to jump off Wearmouth Bridge.

Through the prompt response of emergency services, David lived to tell the tale. He was severely injured, but he made it. Describing it as “the lowest point of his life”, half a year later he now looks back and is deeply grateful about his survival, and having received the help and support he needs, says he is “happy and healthy again”.

However, not everyone may be so lucky, and not everyone is receiving the help they need. David’s experience has left him concerned and worried about the lives of others, especially those who do not make it. As such, he has become a campaigner for suicide prevention and is calling for action to save lives. He references to a recent body found in the river.

David has started a petition to place greater suicide deterrents on bridges and other spots throughout the North East, making it one of his biggest objectives for 2023. He says that his “main aim is to get more help points implemented across Tyne and Wear, sos/crisis line telephone boxes on our bridges, safety netting, cctv and more signage of hope and support educating the public”.

He calls for us all to “stand together” and “simply save lives”. David was lucky, the next person might not be.