Kiwi Woman Pens Open Letter To The Police Officer Who Saved Her From Suicide
WARNING: This article contains content about suicide.
Three years ago, Jazz Thorton attempted to take her own life but was saved by a police officer, who went beyond the call of duty to help her.
Now aged 23, the Auckland local - who is the co-founder of non-profit mental health organisation Voices of Hope - has penned a heartfelt letter to the cop who saved her from suicide.
"July 2015 I believed that life was not worth living. I had run out of my house down to the local park and began to start the process of taking my life," she wrote.
"It was late, dark and cold as I thought back on my life and everything that had happened and how much I had messed up."
"With tears streaming down my face, I text out my final goodbye. I glanced across the park and saw a group of flashlights, afraid that they would come across me before I was dead, I took a step out and jumped.
"My jacket caught on a branch making a sound and suddenly I felt hands holding me up against the trunk of the tree. Those hands were yours. You held me there while I resisted, you called for backup and attempted to calm me down."
“Putting me in the back of the car, you came around the other side and sat with me, putting your arms around me while I cried my heart out.
“While we waited for the ambulance you sat with me, still with your arms around me telling me how much my life was worth.
“I eventually looked up and saw tears streaming down your face as you told me of the future I could have.”
"You sat beside me, refusing to leave my side letting your partner drive the police car to the hospital so you could sit with me. We arrived, I was scared, I hated myself and couldn’t express the emotions I was feeling.
"You sat with me on the hospital bed, continuing to speak into my future and telling me of the hope you knew. Hours past and your shift had ended and you were still by my side."
SWIPE ➡️ A couple of days ago I posted a letter to the police officer who saved my life on Facebook. The letter has since been shared thousands of times and has appeared in media around the world - 90% of all media I see about police is always negative, so to be able to shed light on the unseen positive side is an honour. Thank you to all of our Police Officers - We respect and honour you. Swipe across for my full letter.
When Constable Campbell had to leave, she made a promise to Jazz that she would find her on her 21st birthday.
"Some time passed and I had hit my 21st birthday. By this stage, I had forgotten of your promise - But you hadn’t.
"You came to my house and knocked on my door just to say Happy Birthday. To celebrate the fact I was still alive and fighting."
Jazz revealed she wanted to share her story, in response to police "being slammed" in media:
“The public don’t often see this side. The people, stories and emotions behind our police force.
“Thank you Constable Campbell for not only physically saving my life that night, but for speaking hope, for sitting with me, crying with me and seeing a future for me that at that point, I couldn’t see. A future I am now living in."
“Everything I now get to do, every video I create, talk I give or mental health campaign I organise would not have happened had you not stepped in that night. Your intervention and care ensured that I lived to see breakthrough and freedom.
“Thank you for putting your life on the line for our country and while doing so, saving mine.”
You can read the full letter here. We love and thank you for sharing your story Jazz <3
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE).
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