Central Precinct Officers Talk Suicidal Man Off of Freeway Overpass on Sunday

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June 16, 2014 10:15

  

On Sunday June 15, 2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the West Burnside Street overpass over I-405 on the report that a man was threatening to jump from the bridge onto the freeway.

Central Precinct officers assigned to the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) responded and attempted to talk with the man, who refused to talk with them as he straddled the railing.

After an hour of attempted negotiation, officers walked away and monitored him from a distance. After an hour of monitoring him from a distance, officers re-engaged the man in conversation and he quickly agreed to climb over the railing and go to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. 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.

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

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