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Iain Lee hailed a hero after keeping suicidal man on phone during talkRadio show



Radio host Iain Lee has been hailed a hero for helping save a suicidal man’s life after keeping him talking for half an hour when he called into his show.

The man, whose name was only given as Chris, phoned the Late Night Alternative show on talkRadio and said he had taken an overdose after suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lee kept him on the line, asking questions to work out his location so he could give as much detail as possible to emergency services.

Chris, who said he was nearly 60, told Lee he was in Plymouth and close to a nightclub.

The radio host, who appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! last year, has been candid about his own mental health problems in the past.

Just a few hours before the call, he had tweeted about the difficulties of reducing his anti-depressants.

As Lee spoke to Chris, who was slurring and incoherent at times, he offered words of reassurance.

“Chris, I love you brother, you deserve better than this,” Lee said. “You deserve better than this, and whatever has happened, I promise you it can be sorted. 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 of keeping Chris talking, a police officer came on to the line and told Lee they had found the man. The DJ broke down at the news.

After the call, he 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.”

The radio host has posted several news stories on Twitter about the incident, saying it is not to “brag” about his actions but “just to let people know it doesn’t have to be like this”.

He has been praised by the emergency services and received a huge response on social media, with many praising his “heroic” actions.

Commenting on the story, one Twitter user said: “He might have thought he was just doing the right thing, but that is hero level stuff. The biggest tipping of my hat possible. You never know when you might have to save your own ‘Chris’.”

In a later tweet, Lee said: “Thanks everyone for your kind words. Been an odd day for so many reasons. I really appreciate your kind words.”

Inspector Kev Morley, whose officers helped Chris, said: “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.”

:: Anyone experiencing difficulties can contact Samaritans UK on 116 123, or by emailing [email protected]

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