Yorkshire woman speaks on psychotic episode where she threw herself off bridge and got life-changing injuries

Elizabeth Campbell. Photo: Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Elizabeth Campbell. Photo: Yorkshire Ambulance Service
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A woman who fell 30ft from a railway bridge in Yorkshire has opened up about the 'psychotic episode' in a bid to help others get the support they need.

Elizabeth Campbell attempted to take her own life by jumping from a railway bridge on Bogs Lane, Harrogate.

Bogs Lane in Harrogate

Bogs Lane in Harrogate

Elizabeth was under the care of her local Psychiatric department at the time, but on the day of her incident, she was deemed fit enough to go home.

That day she had met up with one of the support workers for a quiet chat about her mental health, when she had a psychotic episode and began running towards the bridge.

A serious of unfortunate events unfolded and Elizabeth fell 30ft to the ground off the bridge.

Given the serious nature of the incident, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance were immediately dispatched to her aid.

When asked about what she remembers from the day, Elizabeth said: “I can vaguely remember an orange figure with short blonde hair but I can’t remember much after that.”

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Life changing injuries

Elizabeth was flown directly to Leeds General Infirmary, where it was revealed that she had suffered from severe spinal injuries including permanent nerve damage, which has subsequently impacted her bladder and bowel functions.

Elizabeth spent six months in hospital and underwent four spinal surgeries. She has since been fitted with a colostomy bag due to the damage to her bowel.

Despite her injuries, Elizabeth has made a miraculous recovery both mentally and physically, and her mental health is now stable, since the incident on April 27 2017.

She now spends her time supporting and encouraging people to speak about their mental health in her local community.

She said: “Even if it is the slightest concern you have, please speak to someone whether it’s a family member, friend or professional. The sooner you can get help, the better. I don’t want anyone going through the life changing injuries that I have”, said Elizabeth.

Speaking about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Elizabeth said: “The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an amazing charity and I wouldn’t be walking if it wasn’t for them. They are always in my heart”, said Elizabeth.

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Have you been affected by the issues raised in this story?

Check the NHS website for help with suicidal thoughts for the best contact numbers and email addresses.

Samaritans is free to call and anonymous - ring 116 123 any time of day or email jo@samaritans.org

For men, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is on 0800 585858 from 5pm to midnight every day.

Childline is available for those under 19, call 0800 1111 - the number will not show up on your bill.