Police Bureau Releases New Report and Video on Suicide

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September 30, 2013 17:59

  

At a news conference on Monday September 30, 2013, the Portland Police Bureau released a report from its Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) that analyzed all completed suicides over a period of 26 months.

This report can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/465339

In addition, the Police Bureau has produced a new suicide prevention video http://youtu.be/_1uz3cs-HdA

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

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