Image copyright Northumbria Police Image caption Paige Hunter received a commendation certificate from Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt.
A teenager who attached uplifting messages to a bridge to help people facing a mental health crisis has helped save six lives, police said.
One note says: "Even though things are difficult, your life matters; you're a shining light in a dark world, so just hold on.".
Northumbria Police Ch Supt Sarah Pitt said it was an "innovative way to reach out to those in a dark place".
Image copyright Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Image caption Wearmouth Bridge crosses the River Wear near Sunderland city centre.
Image copyright Northumbria Police Image caption Paige Hunter attached more than 40 notes to Wearmouth Bridge.
Since 2013, Northumbria Police's Street Triage service has seen a team of dedicated officers and mental health nurses work alongside each other to respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis. »