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Auckland’s Jazz Thornton thanks policewoman for saving her life after she tried to commit suicide

A teenage girl who tried to commit suicide 14 times has penned a touching letter to the officer who cut her from a tree and saved her life.

In an emotional post, Jazz Thornton, 23, from Auckland in New Zealand, spoke openly about the night she tried to kill herself by jumping from a tree when she was 19-years-old.

‘In July 2015, I believed that life was not worth living. I had run out of my house down to the local park and begun to start the process of taking my life,’ Jazz began.

Jazz Thornton, who tried to commit suicide 14 times, has penned a touching letter to the officer who cut her down from a tree and gave her the strength to reach her 21st birthday

‘It was late, dark and cold as I thought back on my life and everything that had happened and how much I had messed up.

‘With tears streaming down my face, I text out my final goodbye.’ 

The 23-year-old said she told the Auckland police she was on her way to the park to commit suicide because she didn’t want a stranger to have to discover her dead body.

Jazz said she was moments away from suicide when she saw flashing lights coming towards her.

‘Afraid that they would come across me before I was dead, I took a step out and jumped,’ she said.

‘My jacket caught on a branch making a sound and suddenly I felt hands holding me up against the trunk of the tree.

‘Those hands were yours. You held me there while I resisted, you called for backup and attempted to calm me down.’

When the officer eventually had to leave Jazz' side, she promised she would visit her again to make sure she was okay 

When the officer eventually had to leave Jazz’ side, she promised she would visit her again to make sure she was okay 

It was in the back of the police car Jazz (left) said Constable Campbell, who she credits with saving her life, sat with her and gave her the strength she needed to go on

It was in the back of the police car Jazz (left) said Constable Campbell, who she credits with saving her life, sat with her and gave her the strength she needed to go on

Jazz said she was cut from the tree and carried to the back of the police car ‘kicking and crying’.

It was in the back of the police car Jazz said Constable Campbell, who she credits with saving her life, sat with her and gave her the strength she needed to go on.

‘You came around the other side and sat with me, putting your arms around me while I cried my heart out,’ she said. 

‘I eventually looked up and saw tears streaming down your face as you told me of the future I could have.’

When the ambulance arrived to take her to hospital, Jazz said the constable refused to leave her side.

'I eventually looked up and saw tears streaming down your face as you told me of the future I could have,' Jazz said 

‘I eventually looked up and saw tears streaming down your face as you told me of the future I could have,’ Jazz said 

When she arrived at hospital, Jazz said the officer stayed with her as she suffered crippling grief.

‘I was scared, I hated myself and couldn’t express the emotions I was feeling,’ she said.

When the officer eventually left Jazz’ side, she promised she would visit her again to make sure she was okay.

Jazz recalled the officer telling her ‘you need to make it to your 21st birthday and if you can do that for me, I will come and find you on that day to say happy birthday’.

Jazz kept in touch with Constable Campbell, who continued to message her and encourage her in life.

Jazz (left) recalled the officer telling her 'you need to make it to your 21st birthday and if you can do that for me, I will come and find you on that day to say happy birthday'

Jazz (left) recalled the officer telling her ‘you need to make it to your 21st birthday and if you can do that for me, I will come and find you on that day to say happy birthday’

Jazz (pictured) said the policewoman went 'over and beyond' her job requirements

Jazz (pictured) said the policewoman went ‘over and beyond’ her job requirements

‘Some time passed and I had hit my 21st birthday. By this stage, I had forgotten of your promise. But you hadn’t,’ she said.

‘You came to my house and knocked on my door just to say happy birthday. To celebrate the fact I was still alive and fighting.’

Jazz said the policewoman went ‘over and beyond’ her job requirements.

‘Thank you Constable Campbell for not only physically saving my life that night, but for speaking hope, for sitting with me, crying with me and seeing a future for me that at that point, I couldn’t see,’ she said.

Jazz, who is now the co-founder of not-for-profit mental health organisation Voices of Hope, credited Constable Campbell for everything she achieved since that night in July 2015.

'Everything I now get to do, every video I create, talk I give or mental health campaign I organise would not have happened had you not stepped in that night,' Jazz (centre) said 

‘Everything I now get to do, every video I create, talk I give or mental health campaign I organise would not have happened had you not stepped in that night,’ Jazz (centre) said 

‘Everything I now get to do, every video I create, talk I give or mental health campaign I organise would not have happened had you not stepped in that night,’ she said.

‘Thank you for putting your life on the line for our country and while doing so, saving mine.’

For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

 



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