Iain Lee has said the support he’s received after being credited for saving a suicidal man’s life this week has been ‘overwhelming’
The TalkRadio host kept the caller on the line during his live radio programme for 30 minutes until an ambulance arrived.
The man, known as only as Chris, called into Iain’s show on Wednesday and said he had taken an overdose after battling depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Iain asked Chris, who said he was nearly 60, a series of questions to work out where he was in order for emergency services to locate him.
Days later Iain has spoken out to share his appreciation for the incredible reaction by members of the public.
He tweeted: "Last two days I’ve had people coming up to me, thanking me and shaking my hand. Found it all a bit overwhelming.
"Just had to have a little cry in the supermarket. People can be so lovely."
During the exchange on his Late Night Alternative show earlier this week, Lee told the man that he loves him and he deserves "better than this".
"I guarantee that whatever has happened, it can be sorted out.
"It might not be easy, but it can be sorted, I promise you. It is better than you doing this."
After nearly 30 minutes, a police officer came on to the line and told Lee they had found the man in Plymouth. The DJ broke down at the news.
Following the incident, Lee tweeted: "Tonight we took a call from a man who had taken an overdose. He was lying in a street in Plymouth, dying.
"We managed to keep him online, get a description of what he looked like and was wearing, work out where he was, and send an ambulance and police to him. Kept him on the phone for 30 minutes while he got harder to understand.
"Long periods of silence where I thought he’d died. F***, that was intense and upsetting. Thanks for your kind words. I really hope he makes it."
Inspector Kev Morley of Devon and Cornwall Police also praised Iain over Twitter, thanking him for his role in saving the man’s life.
Chris, he confirmed, was receiving help from his officers.
"My officers that attended and are now dealing with the caller. This is a very typical call for us sadly and December is a hard month for many. We will do our best to direct him to long term support," he tweeted.
"And Thanks to you [Iain] for the part you played. We all have a role to play in supporting those that are struggling."
This time of year can be especially hard if you are struggling. But there is always help available – the Samaritans operate a free 24/7 phone line on 116 123 that you can call for a listening ear, or alternatively email [email protected] .
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