Birthdays are the one day a year when a person can shamelessly look forward to being the center of attention. Apparently this wasn’t the case for one young woman in Dongguan, Guangdong province, who threatened to jump off of a building ledge after celebrations for her 20th birthday failed to live up to her expectations.
According to Tencent News, residents spotted the woman standing on the 19th floor ledge of her residential building at around 6:00 p.m. on March 17.
“I saw a group of people staring at the top level of the building. I came down and found out that there was a girl attempting suicide there,” one resident told reporters.
Police officers arrived at the scene and attempted to talk the emotional woman, surnamed Jin, off of the ledge, offering her snacks and water to keep her calm.
After almost four hours of persuasion, they helped her climb over the edge and back into the building safely.
Jin told police that she was distraught because her family had left her unaccompanied on her birthday.
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)
By Tanto Chen
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