Man's faith saved him from suicide

PUBLISHED: 18:00 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

A TORMENTED disabled man from Somerset says his faith saved his life after he was pushed to the brink of suicide.

A TORMENTED disabled man from Somerset says his faith saved his life after he was pushed to the brink of suicide.

Tim Collins, an epileptic who suffers from asthma and other various health problems, said he has endured a barrage of insults throughout his life as well as being mugged on the street.

When outside the 48-year-old Berrow resident wears a special protective helmet in case he has an epileptic seizure.

Tim, of Barton Road, said: "Many times I felt low and depressed and I did think I wanted to end it all.

"People in the street would stare and shout abuse at me and one person took money from me."

Tim, whose family live in Bridgwater, said it was his new found faith in the church which helped him turn his attitude and life around.

He said: "Attending church was the first step I took to getting help.

"If it wasn't for my faith I would have committed suicide.

"It made me realise that if I did end it all who would pick up the pieces?

"I am stronger now and have got through this with help from the church and now I don't care what people say to me.

"I am happier and I have made some good friends."

Tim said the support he receives from Pastor Kelton Black at the Gospel Tabernacle Evangelical Church in Highbridge has helped him immensely.

Pastor Black said he tries to help as much as he can but if he cannot, he will point people in the right direction.

He said: "If people find things hard on the outside the church can always provide a network for people and we accept people as they are."

Tim is currently on the waiting list for Sedgemoor District Council's supported housing.

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