Someone is placing notes on a Toronto bridge to try to stop people from jumping
There are now small, little messages of hope zip-tied to Toronto's iconic Riverside Bridge.
The beloved truss running over the Don River has received a dose of care in the form of carefully-made laminated signs, directed at anyone who is considering taking their own life.
An anonymous sign-maker printed and attached them to the railings of the bridge. "If you're looking for a sign not to kill yourself tonight, this is it," reads one.
"Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? This is called purpose. You're alive for a reason so don't ever give up," reads another.
The signs were attached shortly after someone purportedly jumped off the bridge three weeks ago, according to members of a Leslieville community group.
Unlike other bridges like the Prince Edward Viaduct, Riverside's bridge does not have a barrier to prevent people from jumping over the railings.
The century-old truss is one of Toronto's most recognizable landmarks, especially at night.
Hopefully these new written signs bring some light to whoever reads them, in tandem with the Time and A Clock bridge's original illuminated message: "This river I step in is not the river I stand in."
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