Since December 19th, 2003, a man named Chen Si has been visiting the Yangtze River Bridge every weekend. Chen patrols the bridge on foot and on his motorbike, looking for people who appear distraught. The Yangtze River Bridge is the most popular place in the world to commit suicide.
Chen approaches people who are preparing to end their life and tries to talk to them. Sometimes they are already ove r the railing, and he has to grab them and pull them back over.
Through his commitment, Chen has saved over 300 lives since 2003. He talks to these people and helps in what little ways he can. For example, Chen helped Shi Xiqing, a man who tried to commit suicide because of the $15,000 bill for his daughter’s leukemia treatment, by phoning him every week and talking to his creditors.
The movement wishes to show its appreciation to Chen Si for his dedication to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. If you know anyone who is going through depression, try to be there for them. We know it’s not easy to do, but someone has to. Please know that resources are available at http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org and their hotline 1-800-273-8255.