Suicide survivor, 25, searches for Good Samaritan who saved her life – revealing why she was angry with him just after he saved her from a certain death
- Jazz Thornton was 20 years old when she attempted suicide in a park in 2015
- Stranger found that Mrs. Thornton lost consciousness and called the emergency crew
- The mental health lawyer is now looking for the good Samaritan to thank him
- For confidential support, call Lifeline 24-Hour Crisis Support at: 13 11 14
A suicide survivor is desperate for the Good Samaritan who saved her life five years ago.
Jazz Thornton was ‘determined’ to kill himself in a remote bushland near Bullock Track, Auckland, New Zealand in June 2015.
Thornton, then 20, lost consciousness when a stranger rode a bicycle alongside her with his son and came to her rescue. He immediately called emergency services.
The man’s actions ultimately saved the now 25-year-old’s life and put her on the path of advocacy for mental health.
In a conversation with Daily Mail Australia, she said she was angry with the cyclist at first, but now she wants to thank him for saving her.
Suicide survivor Jazz Thornton is looking for a stranger who saved her life in June 2015
“I had tried several times to take my life at this point and I was determined to make sure it worked this time,” she said.
“I really believed at the time that the world was better off without me, that I was a burden to everyone around me and I passed out.
“Just as I was going out, this man and his son somehow managed to cycle the area where I was and found me.
“The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital’s intensive care unit and they told me that if I were no longer found, I wouldn’t be here.”
Ms. Thornton said that she was initially “mad” for surviving the suicide attempt.
“I remember I was so devastated that I was still there. I didn’t remember that person finding me back then, ”she said.
The now 25-year-old previously met a police officer who saved her life during another suicide attempt
“I was like, ‘How the heck this didn’t work’.”
Mrs. Thornton is now looking for the Good Samaritan to thank him for his efforts.
“I would probably burst into tears if I saw him,” she said.
“I have been privileged to thank a police who saved my life from a previous attempt and a doctor who admitted me to a psychiatric ward.
“But I think it’s so different from this story that it wasn’t his job. It is the job of the police and the doctor, but it was not his job. ‘
Ms. Thornton also wants the stranger to know that his actions have enabled her to help countless other people struggling with poor mental health.
The mental health advocate is depicted with her book ‘Stop Surviving Start Fighting’
“There are thousands of people around the world who now find hope because he saved my life,” she said.
She would like to invite the man to the premiere of her feature film The Girl on the Bridge at the end of the month.
The film followed Ms. Thornton for two and a half years from 2017 as she learned to navigate mental health advocacy.
“There was a time in my life when I really could never see it getting better, but I found that hope is never lost through all situations,” she said,
“I am so grateful that I was able to keep up those years, because hope is real and change is possible.”
Ms Thornton is a co-founder of a charity Voices of Hope and has written a book entitled ‘Stop Surviving Start Fighting’.
For confidential support, call Lifeline 24-Hour Crisis Support at: 13 11 14