Good Samaritan comes to Hayley’s aid to support life-saving mental health initative in Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 08:30 30 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 02 November 2018

Hayley has been leaving inspirational cards around Stevenage in a bid to help people with mental health problems.

Hayley has been leaving inspirational cards around Stevenage in a bid to help people with mental health problems.

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A woman who has been battling mental health problems and come close to taking her own life has been struggling to fund an initiative to help save the lives of people in a similar situation – until a good Samaritan stepped in this week.

Hayley – who asked for her surname not to be used – lives in Stevenage and has borderline personality disorder, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

In March this year she suffered a breakdown and tried to take her own life.

Earlier this month, the Comet reported how Hayley had come up with the idea of making and laminating cards with inspirational messages on them, and including helpline numbers on the reverse, and leaving them around Stevenage.

She said: “My idea behind this is that when we are in our darkest moments and we can’t think straight, the posters will encourage people to reach out and realise they are not alone and that people care.”

Hayley printed and laminated 500 cards, which she then tied to bridges, and put them around parks and woods in the town.

Hayley says many of the cards have been taken and she has received messages that they have helped people in dire straights – including two people who had intended to take their own lives.

Determined to continue with the project, Hayley has been scraping together enough money to pay for printing and laminating another set of cards – resorting to selling things around her house in a desperate attempt to fund it.

But the manager of a print room has now offered take on the work free of charge.

Hayley said: “She’s going to print and laminate 2,000 cards for me. It means I can carry on and I’m absolutely over the moon because it’s making a difference.

“I have been putting the cards up on the top level of the multi-storey car park on St George’s Way and it’s having a massive impact.

“This is going to save lives.”

The good Samaritan said: “My mum told me of the Comet article. I have had experience of mental health issues with family and friends and I so admire Hayley.

“I am in a position to assist. This young lady has taken a lead on a grassroots level that authorities do not action. Why should she have to pay for this from her own pocket when mental health is a major issue these days?”

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