Photo captures elderly woman’s kind gesture to aggressive man on train

Photo captures elderly woman's kind gesture to aggressive man on train

A woman’s kind-hearted gesture made a world of a difference to a man who was “being aggressive” on a train.

Facebook user Ehab Taha captured the moment when the 70-year-old woman reached out to hold the hand of the man, who was sitting on the floor of the train.
The photo of the two has had more than 27,000 shares since Taha posted it to his page.
According to Taha, who was riding the Sky Train in Vancouver, B.C., the man was cursing and shouting, while everyone else looked on scared.

Taha writes how the man may have been struggling with mental health or drug abuse issues. Of course, we won’t know if it is drug abuse unless he takes a test like this 12 panel drug screen one. But that’s by the by, the important thing is that instead of turning away, the elderly woman reached out her hand and “tightly gripped his hand until he calmed down,” Taha writes.

“I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch,” she told Taha after the incident, and then started to cry.

Taha told CTV News that when the man arrived at his stop, he got up and said, “Thanks, grandma,” before getting off. It is so difficult for people to deal with mental health issues and drug abuse, especially if they are facing it on their own. A lot of people don’t know where to get help for drug and alcohol addiction and so will struggle on their own. This just shows what an act of kindness can do for someone who needs it.

If you know somebody who is struggling with drug abuse and/or mental health issues, then use the actions of this elderly woman as an example of how to help them. Sometimes all they need is an act of kindness and a show of support. In some situations, they may need further help and that is when you could suggest that they take a look at the rehab centers at the Holistic Sanctuary or somewhere similar. But you’ll be surprised at how much kindness can resonate in someone who is struggling. Some support from family can go a long way but professional help could go a lot further and so having the person who is struggling with drug dependency attend a treatment center like Pacific Ridge could be their best path forward towards recovery.

“[The photo] resonated with people,” Taha told the news outlet. “It’s incredible to see that sometimes human touch can do so much more than anything else.”

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