Rocco is part of our Active Choices programme and after an extremely turbulent time in his life where he considered taking his own, he has spent the last six months spreading messages of hope to support those who might feel the way he once did.
Here’s his letter, which he has distributed to several bridge locations in Derby:
“My name is Rocco, I have been here before, in that dark horrible place where we feel so alone and feel there’s no way out. There is a way out I promise you.
“I was talked down that night and looking back I am so thankful to those officers.
“I understand your mind is more than likely scrambled and you are not thinking clearly. Please just pause and take ten deep breaths, nice and slowly.
“You are a fighter, just like me and we will both live to tell our stories together. I want a chance to be your friend.
“Please call the Samaritans number that I left on this bridge. They are amazing and will talk to you and understand.
“Thank you so much if you have read this far.
“Just remember I was on this bridge last year and my life was saved, I now want to save yours, you are loved. If you feel that nobody loves you well, I do.
“I would like the opportunity to talk to you and let you know how I recovered and am in the best place I have ever been. Please walk back off this bridge and start day one of your recovery.
“I cannot wait to meet you.”
Derby County Community Trust run a number of programmes to support wellbeing, but in times of crisis please use a free 24/7 helpline, such as Samaritans: 116 123