A good Samaritan is being credited with saving the life of a suicidal woman in a New York City subway station.
It was about 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 when a young woman was spotted on a beam above a train platform in the Broadway-Lafayette subway station in Manhattan's East Village, reports the Daily Mail.
Suspecting that the woman might be suicidal, a young man risked his life by going out on the beam and sitting next to her.
Michal Klein, 38, from Hoboken, New Jersey, had just gotten off a downtown D train on her way to a restaurant when she saw the man and woman sitting on the beams about 20 feet above the platform.
Noticing that young woman looked upset, Klein asked some bystanders what was going on.
"I couldn't really tell if they were laughing or if one person was crying," said Klein to CBS. "I wasn't sure. My first thought was: How did they get up there? I thought they were just goofing off."
Regarding the good Samaritan, she said, "I don't know what I would've done. I don't think I would've climbed over to do that. He actually cared enough, whoever he was, to help her. A lot of people seemed to be like 'Oh, it's New York,' and kept walking."
Klein took a picture of the scene and posted it to Facebook. "I found out one young girl climbed over railing saying suicidal things. A random young guy went after her to calm her down," she explained in the accompanying caption. "Others called for help and apparently no one cared. People were on phones making 2nd attempts and finally cops showed up, but just cleared area and stood there."
About an hour after the situation began, police managed to escort the young woman to safety.
"I hope she gets help she needs," concluded Klein in her Facebook post. "And bravo to the young man for risking his own safety to help. Sending prayers."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths between the ages of 10 and 24, with firearms being the most common method used. However, “more young people survive suicide attempts than actually die,” the CDC notes.
The agency goes on to explain that some groups are at higher risk than others:
Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. Of the reported suicides in the 10 to 24 age group, 81% of the deaths were males and 19% were females. Girls, however, are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys. Cultural variations in suicide rates also exist, with Native American/Alaskan Native youth having the highest rates of suicide-related fatalities. A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9–12 in public and private schools in the U.S. found Hispanic youth were more likely to report attempting suicide than their black and white, non-Hispanic peers.
The suicide rate in the United States steadily declined from 1986 through 1999, reports the CDC.
However, suicide rates have steadily increased from 1999 through 2014. It is among the leading causes of death among adolescents and young adults, and is also rising among middle-aged adults.