Officers convince suicidal man to get treatment at hospital

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland police officers managed to talk down a suicidal man and convince him to get medical treatment, according to a police bureau spokesman.

Officers blocked traffic on some North Portland streets Thursday morning near North Berkely Ave. as they talked with a man they said was suicidal and may have been armed.

Officers were called at about 9:30 a.m. After hailing the man on a loudspeaker, they managed to get the suicidal man on the phone.

By around noon he agreed to come out peacefully and get treatment at a hospital, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Officers worked with Project Respond to help diffuse the situation. Project Respond is a mental health crisis response team in Multnomah County.

From Portland Police: 

Police want to remind anyone in crisis that 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.

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.

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