Chief Michael Reese said the Police Bureau's Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team Officers respond to suicides a good percentage of the time they are called out. "Our officers have shown that when they are able to intervene, they save lives."
Chief Reese urged people to share the video and reach out to people. "If you know anyone who is depressed, ask the question. Ask them if they are contemplating suicide. It's a courageous question."
Studies show that support plays a critical role in intervening and preventing suicide. 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
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Urgent Walk-in Clinic: 503-963-2575 Lines for Life Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255) Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888
Media Relations: Sgt. Pete Simpson Peter.Simpson@portlandoregon.gov Desk: 503-823-0830 Pager: 503-790-1779
Portland Police Bureau
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Portland, Oregon 97204