Dad blacked out on Albert Dock and woke up in the Royal

Colin Dolan
-Credit: (Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)


A dad is urgently looking for the person who helped him after he took an overdose at the Liver Building.

Colin Dolan has spent much of his life living with bipolar disorder. As a result, the dad-of-three has attempted suicide a number of times throughout his adult life, despite helping people with their own mental illnesses.

The 59-year-old founded Liverpool Football Therapy in 2019 and has gone on to help dozens of people over the years, but in the last 26 months he has attempted to take his own life twice, with the most recent, on July 2, leaving him moments from death.

Colin, who is originally from Glasgow and moved to Liverpool in 1994, spent the afternoon walking the streets of the city centre, bouncing between bars and spending his money buying food for the homeless before he walked to the Liver Building and took an overdose at around 9pm. Ten minutes later he began to walk to the Albert Dock before the cocktail of drugs kicked in and he blacked out.

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Next thing he knew, he was lying awake in Liverpool Royal Hospital at 1am the following day. He told the ECHO: "I'm bipolar so it just happened so quickly, I went from feeling okay to being severely depressed and suicidal. I was quickly at the point of no return, it's a difficult thing to put into words."

Now Colin, who lives in Mossley Hill, is desperately looking for the person who helped him, so he can thank them for helping him and staying with him while paramedics arrived to treat him. Having asked the hospital and paramedics, he was told there were no record of who the person was.

He said: "If it wasn't for this good Samaritan I would have died. I don't know who this person is. I've asked the hospital and the paramedics but no one knows. I would like to reach out to this person and speak to them and just thank them.

"I work in the mental health sector, I've done what they've had to do with me. For someone to help a stranger like that is amazing. I want to hug them and just say I'm so thankful for them helping because without them I wouldn't be here."

Holding back the tears, Colin said: "I want them to know they did the right thing, spending their time helping me get help. It takes a lot to get involved with strangers, people you don't know, I feel like it happens less than it did in my day. People don't approach strangers anymore but this person did."

Colin is now preparing to spend the next week in a 24 hour support centre as he continues to live with his mental illnesses. If the person or people who helped Colin would like to contact him, he is available on Twitter here.

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