This Man Saved Over 300 People From Committing Suicide. Meet the man who spends every weekend at this bridge to save people from committing suicide
Posted by NowThis on Friday, August 19, 2016
Known as the Angel of Nanjing, Chen Si spends his own money to help rescue people who attempt suicide off one of the most famous bridges in China.
The Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing is the most popular place in the world to commit suicide. Since December of 2003, Chen Si has been patrolling the bridge, which transports 80,000 vehicles and 200 trains every single day.
For the past 13 years, Chen Si has gone to the bridge every weekend to stop people from jumping. It is estimated that he’s saved at least 300 lives—nearly one every two weeks.
“The reason I am persistently committed to rescuing people on this bridge is to wake up more people’s senses of responsibility and love, to care for one another,” Chen Si says about his volunteer work on the bridge. He works a full-time job in order to support both his family and humanitarian work.
He’s often cursed at, and even battered by people who don’t want his help.
Chen Si’s work goes far beyond just keeping people from jumping. “The most important thing about rescuing people is dealing with the aftermath,” he explains. So in order to get people the help they need, he rents an apartment where he allows those who have attempted suicide to rest for a couple of days, and receive psychological care.
His goal is to maintain and preserve. Through counseling, they are able to address what that person needs—a job, help with their marriage, etc.
Recent statistics from the World Health Organization suggest that every year, at least one million people commit suicide worldwide. That’s one death every 40 seconds.
Filmmakers and producers Jordan Horowitz and Frank Ferendo created a documentary about Chen Si’s selfless work called, Angel of Nanjing. They also set up a donation page where people can donate to the cause, and ultimately save more lives on the Yangtze River Bridge.