Sometimes all it takes is just to start talking.
16-year-old Jamie Harington from Dublin was walking to a nearby store to get a soda when he saw a man in his 30s sitting on the parapet of a bridge facing the river. In general, many would have passed by on their own business, but the guy saw that the stranger was crying.
Jamie called out to him, "Hey, are you all right?". The man was silent. “It took me a while to get him to get down and sit next to me on the steps. In the end, he listened to me. After that, we talked with him for at least 45 minutes,” says Jamie.
After a while, the teenager realized that he still had to go, but he was afraid to leave a person in such an unstable state alone. It took a few more minutes to persuade the man to call an ambulance for him. He asked not to call the doctors and assured that he would just sit for a while and go home.
"I told him I couldn't sleep well if I didn't make sure he was okay," Jamie explained and called an ambulance. When the crew arrived, Jamie exchanged phone numbers with the man so he could call him if needed.
This story would not have been famous if not for the events that took place three months later.
Three months later, the would-be suicide texted Jamie thanking him. He said that his wife is pregnant, they are expecting a boy and decided to name their son after the young man who saved his life.
Jamie was so moved that he shared it on social media: “Can you imagine? They're going to name the baby after me!" His post got 40,000 likes and went viral.
The man later admitted to his savior that it was the question "Are you all right?" made him stop. No one has ever cared about how he feels, especially strangers.
"I didn't do anything supernatural and I really don't understand why the story is so popular," admits Jamie. - I'm an ordinary teenager and just wanted to help. I would never have thought that one question could save a life. He needed someone to talk to, and I just happened to be there and gave him this opportunity.”