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Brava to Jess Keene and Jessica Arruda, the two minds behind a newly launched effort to prevent suicides at the Quechee Gorge.

The two have posted dozens of handwritten index card-sized signs — featuring messages like “Step back — you’re worth it!” — along the railings of the bridge in an attempt to discourage people from taking their own lives at the scenic spot.

The women say they were inspired by a British teenager who posted similar uplifting signs at a bridge in the U.K.

If you or someone you know are struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.