A shocking number of people are taking their own lives every week in the Rose City. That's the upshot of a new report from the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit.
Police Sergeant Pete Simpson says every four days, someone commits suicide in Portland. Between April of 2011 and June of 2013, a total pf 202 people took their lives. Simpson says that's nearly twice the number of lives lost to traffic accidents and homicide combined, and pushes the city's suicide rate to almost three times the national average.
While they focus on stepping up collaboration with mental health professionals, police are asking your help to save lives. If you know someone who is depressed, they urge you to ask that person if they are suicidal. If they are, there is free help available:
*Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has a urgent care walk-in clinic. Their number is 503-963-2575.
* The Multnomah County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, at 503- 988-4888
* Lines for Life Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK