Officers Deescalate Man Threatening Suicide - Taken to Hospital for Treatment

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November 20, 2017 12:30


On Monday November 20, 2017, at 10:22 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a man threatening to jump from a tree at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Officers arrived in the area and attempted to speak with the man. As officers tried to communicate with the man in the tree, additional officers worked to contact the man's family to gain a better understanding of the crisis.

Portland Fire and Rescue and emergency medical personnel were also requested to the scene.

Officers talked with the man for approximately one hour and 15 minutes until he agreed to come out of the tree and go to the hospital for treatment.

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

The Portland Police Bureau created a video in 2013 titled, "What if You Could Turn Back the Clock on Suicide?" It is available for viewing at

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 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting



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