Officers urge people to get help if thinking about suicide

Officers urge people to get help if thinking about suicide
A suicide prevention sign at Portland's Vista Bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police officers urged people with suicidal thoughts to seek professional help after a woman jumped to her death off the Vista Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the woman jumped from the bridge in Northwest Portland, a spot that has seen suicides in the past.

“Suicide is preventable,” Simpson wrote in a news release.

Police urged people with suicidal thoughts to call or visit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. They have a walk-in clinic open every day from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and payment is not necessary. Cascadia also offers a mental health crisis line at (503) 963-2575.

Police said people can also call “Lines for Life” 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

Last year the city posted signs near bridges around the Portland that have the number for Lines for Life. The Vista Bridge was one of the first locations to get the suicide prevention signs.

“When people call our lines they can talk for any amount of time,” Judy Cushing, the CEO of Lines for Life, said at the time. “If they need to talk for an hour, they can talk for an hour.”