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Australian 'angel' saves lives at suicide spot

Thanks to site member Siobhan who sent us this article to post! An inspiring story of a man with bipolar disorder who has made it a mission to help others in immediate crisis:

In those bleak moments when the lost souls stood atop the cliff, wondering whether to jump, the sound of the wind and the waves was broken by a soft voice. “Why don’t you come and have a cup of tea?” the stranger would ask. And when they turned to him, his smile was often their salvation.

For almost 50 years, Don Ritchie has lived across the street from Australia's most notorious suicide spot, a rocky cliff at the entrance to Sydney Harbour called The Gap. And in that time, the man widely regarded as a guardian angel has shepherded countless people away from the edge.

What some consider grim, Ritchie considers a gift. How wonderful, the former life insurance salesman says, to save so many. How wonderful to sell them life.

via Australian ‘angel’ saves lives at suicide spot – World news- msnbc.com.

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