Southeast Precinct Officers Talk Suicidal Woman Off of Northeast Portland Freeway Overpass

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July 02, 2014 14:05

  

Today, Wednesday July 2, 2014, at 12:03 p.m., Southeast Precinct officers responded to the Northeast 53rd Avenue overpass above I-84 on the report of a woman standing outside the railing and that she was thinking about suicide.

Officers arrived and began to talk with the 44-year-old woman who told police she was recently released from the hospital but was still feeling suicidal.

Officers talked with her for approximately 30 minutes then she came back over the railing to be taken to the hospital.

TriMet MAX lines and Union Pacific Railroad were briefly stopped during this incident as the woman was over the MAX and train tracks.

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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