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Teenager's Written Encouragements Help Save Lives

A teenager with a heart to help has received a commendation for her efforts, which local officials say have helped save at least six lives.

Paige Hunter, 18, has written more than 40 heartfelt notes of encouragement, attaching each of them to the railings of the Wearmouth Bridge in Northumbria, to provide a critical boost for those who might be in the midst of a mental health crisis. For her work, and the impact it's made, Hunter was recently issued an official commendation by Northumbria Police Force, signed and delivered by the local police chief.

"We thought it was important to applaud the work Paige has been doing and the help she has given those in Sunderland who are going through a mental health crisis," said Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt.

"Paige has shown an incredible understanding of vulnerable people in need of support, and this is an innovative way to reach out to those in a dark place. For somebody so young, Paige has shown a real maturity and we thought it would only be right to thank her personally. She should be very proud of herself."

Despite the commendation, Hunter is keeping everything in stride. The sales associate and college student just wants the attention on people who need help. "It is important that we encourage people to speak out and raise awareness of mental health issues and the impact on peoples' lives."

Potential Preaching Angles: Everyone needs encouragement, and the positive impact you can make with a kind word can extend across generations.

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