A woman who stopped a man from killing himself is now going to marry him

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Quora recently asked people to talk about a moment in their life that they previously thought could only happen in the movies – and one incredible answer has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

Kevin Walsh wrote about the circumstances in which he met his future wife, Katherine, at the age of 13.

He wrote:

Once upon a time I was 13 at a summer camp and the prettiest girl I'd ever seen walked right up to me and said 'black is a good color on you'. No idea why. We chatted and became friends, exchanged AIM screen names (it was the time) and stayed in touch for a while.

He said they drifted apart a bit through high school, but said “not a day went by that I didn't think about that girl”.

He went on to say:

In my senior year I went through some dumb high school stuff that seemed earth-shattering at the time, and fell hard into depression. I resolved to take my own life, wrote a note and went to where I planned to end things.

Somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds before I would have committed suicide, my phone rang. I checked the caller ID - I couldn't die not knowing. It was a number I didn't recognize, so I picked up and it was her.

He wrote that Blake said she “just felt like she had to call me”. Even though they hadn’t spoken for a year.

Long story short, she pried, I spilled the beans and she talked me out of it. I mean she literally said 'What? Don't do that'. And that was that.

She made me promise to call her the next day, and we hung up. That night I started writing the words which, ten years later, I'd propose with.

Walsh told BuzzFeed the reaction to his post has been positive:

The comments have been unbelievably kind; most are congratulatory and uplifting.

He said the best thing to do when feeling suicidal is talk to someone:

There is power in saying it out loud. There's a good chance that the moment it comes out of your mouth you'll realise it isn't what you want at all.

If you are feeling vulnerable, upset or depressed there is always someone available to talk and help.

You can contact the Samaritans 24-hours a day for free via their website or phone line 116123

If you're LGBTQI and in need of someone to talk to, Switchboard LGBT offer advice and help every day from 10am to 10pm on their website and on 0300 330 0630

Alternatively, if you suspect a young person might be feeling suicidal, you can call Childlinefor help and advice on 0800 111

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