Teen’s simple question, ‘Are you OK?’ saves man’s life

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DUBLIN, Ireland — A teen’s story about helping a man who was contemplating suicide has gone viral.

Humans of Dublin posted a photo of Jamie Harrington, the teen who noticed a man sitting on the ledge of a bridge, and his account of the encounter.

“I was just on my way to the American sweet shop to buy some Gatorade, when I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the ledge of the bridge. I just thought, ‘wow…’ I stopped and asked him if he was okay, but I knew from the look in his eyes he wasn’t, and he didn’t say anything either, but I saw tears coming from his eyes. I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did.”

Harrington said he sat on the sidewalk and talked with the man for about 45 minutes, asking him why he was feeling so down. The man pleaded with Harrington not to call for help, but he decided to anyway.

The man was taken to St. James Hospital for treatment.

Harrington told Humans of Dublin that he got the man’s number so he could check up on him and make sure he was OK.

The man got in touch with Harrington just a few months later.

“And about three months ago, he texted me that his wife is pregnant, they’re having a boy, and they’re naming him after me. Can you believe that? They’re going to name their child after me… He said in that moment that I approached him, he was just about to jump, and those few words saved his life. That they’re still ringing in his head every day. ‘Are you okay?’ I can’t really understand how these few words could save his life, but he told me, ‘Imagine if nobody ever asked you those words…'”

The teen’s story has been shared more than 35,000 times since it was posted.