UPDATE: St. John's Bridge Closed to All Traffic - Police Talking with Suicidal Woman

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September 12, 2013 21:55

  

Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were able to successfully talk the woman threatening to jump off the St. John's Bridge into coming down and going to the hospital.

A limited deployment of Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) officers responded to assist CNT members with being able to safely talk with the suicidal woman.

The bridge reopened to all traffic at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thought or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please consider the following options:

The Multnomah County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

Lines for Life is available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary. Call (503) 963-2575.

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This afternoon, Thursday September 12, 2013, at 2:35 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the West end of the St. John's Bridge on the report of a female climbing the railing.

Officers arrived and began talking with the adult female who is on the railing on the South side of the bridge. Officers from the Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU) have arrived and are continuing to talk with the woman.

All lanes of the St. John's Bridge are closed to all traffic (vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian). Additionally, Northwest Bridge Road is closed.

Commuters should avoid the area and use the Fremont Bridge as an alternate way of travel.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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