A Watford woman is spreading messages of hope and positivity after surviving a suicide attempt last year.
Sophie Georgina was left with life-changing injuries after the attempt in May 2022, but has since overcome her mental health struggles. She hopes to encourage those who are considering ending their life to not make a “permanent decision for a temporary thought”.
Sophie spoke to Watfordnews and said: “Once you have made the permanent decision to take your own life, you can’t go back.
Following the attempt on her life, Sophie was told that she may never walk again, with her left leg now “made of metal” after seven operations.
Thanks to the first police officer who arrived on the scene, whose rapid response is said to have been significant in her survival, and with great determination, Sophie has defied the odds and is now capable of walking by herself.
As part of her resolve to reach out to those who are struggling, Sophie now intends to leave notes of positivity around the local area.
She said: “I first started thinking about leaving notes when I was in hospital. Unfortunately, I was in too much pain and on too many painkillers to do this, but now 18 months on, I feel like I’m in a better stage in recovery to be able to do this.
“I would like to put them on all the bridges and car parks and maybe around Cassiobury Park, as from experience I used to end up there a lot when I was in crisis.”
Sophie is now studying to get into mental health nursing as she believes the system is failing many of those who need help.
She added: “I can’t even count on my hands how many friends or just people I have met in hospital or followed on social media who have lost their life to suicide.
“If I could save one person, I will be happy. No one should ever feel alone; no one should feel like there’s no help out there.
“I just want people to know they aren’t alone. If I can change my life around and get better, honestly, so can you.”
Sophie has also started her own online group, which can be found by searching ‘Hope&positivity’ on Facebook.
Anyone struggling can receive help and support by calling Samaritans on 116 123.