Are Our Suicide Prevention Methods Working?
October 31, 2013, 1:45 am
It's a sensitive issue. Suicide. The city and organizations have made efforts to prevent them.
But are they working?
It's already been a record year for the Vista Bridge.
Wednesday, Portland had two people, on two different bridge suffering from mental health crisis and threatening to jump. All at the same time.
On the Vista Bridge one man climbed over the temporary barricades recently installed to prevent suicides. Councilors and Portland Police spent over 12-hours on the bridge trying to talk him down. They were successful.
Ken Kahn with Friends of the Vista Bridge says despite recent events, the new plan is working.
"What the fence does is it creates a pause. Since this fence was erected there have been now three people who have attempted suicide, but because the fence was there it drew attention to the fact that they were in crisis, and people became involved. In the absence of the fence those people would be dead," Kahn told our news partner KGW.
Police were also successful in talking a woman from jumping off the Fremont Bridge during rush hour traffic, that brought the commute to a standstill.