Portland police release suicide prevention video

By John Killen, The Oregonian, Oct. 31, 2013

The Portland Police Bureau, as part of its effort to prevents suicide, has produced a video aimed at helping people with suicidal thoughts reach out for help.

WATCH – “What If You Could Turn Back the Clock on Suicide?”

The video was edited so that it starts from the point of view of a person who has jumped off the Hawthorne Bridge and is under water.  It then runs in reverse, taking the person out of the water, back on the bridge and back to a home where the jumper instead considers a suicide hotline.

The video is called “What if You Could Turn Back the Clock on Suicide?”

The bureau first released the video some weeks back but redistributed it via email on Wednesday as officers worked to get a man who had been threatening to jump off the Vista Bridge in Southwest Portland to safety. The man first began threatening to jump about 10 a.m. and officers finally got him down safely about 10:45 p.m.

The Police Bureau also released this information on the topic:

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thought or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please consider the following options:

The Multnomah County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

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

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. Call 503-963-2575.