Singaporean Woman Hugs An Allegedly Suicidal Man On Train And Ends Up Saving His Life

He was crying on the train and tried to hide his tears.

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A woman in Singapore recently shared that she was heading home when she noticed a man crying silently on the train

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Image via TEA/The Best Singapore

On 16 January, she penned out the story in a post on a Facebook confessions page, NUSWhispers.

Noticing that the stranger was trying to hide his tears, she asked him if he was okay. But he didn't respond.

The 23-year-old then decided to offer him a hug, which she revealed, made him cry even more audibly.

It was messy indeed with tears and mucus. But it did not bother me. I was more concerned he may end his life or do something drastic.

Towards the end of the journey, she wrote that he seemed tired from crying. Forcing a smile and thanking her, he confessed that he planned to end his life that day.

He disclosed that he was struggling with many family and financial problems and didn't know nice people like her existed.

"He said he sees the world differently and he will now try to live and press on. To be frank, this made me feel really good. I was really filled with joy because I felt I stopped someone from taking his life away. I felt I gave him something to live forward. Maybe for the first time, he realised that a stranger can care for him a lot also," she added.

She ended her post by saying that several of her family and friends questioned her actions

They said things like "What if he molested you?" and "An Indian, you like black is it?".

"I feel sad getting all these negative comments. I would have given a hug no matter who it is – old or young, ugly or handsome, ugly or pretty, male or female. Race is also not an issue for me."

A couple of netizens' emphasised that though her intentions may have been pure, she should be mindful of how she treats the opposite sex, whether it's to get consent from the guy or to look out for her own safety.

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Image via Facebook

On the flip side, several people validated her actions by saying that she did the right thing

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Image via Facebook

One person shared that she hadn't done anything wrong but suggested that she could have put her arm around him instead of holding him close to her.

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You can read the full post below:

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

If you or anyone you know may be at risk of suicide, please call these Malaysian hotlines:

Contact: +603-76272929
Email: [email protected]
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Contact: 15999
WhatsApp: +6019-2615999
Email: [email protected]
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For a more thorough directory of resources, head over to the Malaysian Mental Health Association's website.

Sometimes all it takes is one random act of kindness to leave an impact:

If you know someone who struggles with depression or suicidal thoughts, here are ways you can respond:

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