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Suicidal Man Successfully Talked Down From Freeway Overpass

Suicidal Man Successfully Talked Down From Freeway Overpass

VICTORVILLE – A 30-year-old Victorville man was talked down from the I-15 and Mojave Drive overpass in the City of Victorville on Thursday night.

Authorities received reports of a subject on the overpass who was threatening to jump from the bridge at around 9:36 p.m. Deputies and rescue personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the location to find the male subject, whose name will be withheld by 24/7 Headline News out of sensitivity for the nature of the incident. The subject stood outside of the security fence, above the southbound freeway traffic and was in possession of a large kitchen knife. Authorities noticed that the male subject had self-inflicted wounds on his wrist.  

A Deputy from the Victorville station talked with the distraught man and eventually convinced him to drop the knife after several minutes. They were then able to, with the use of a hoist remove him from the freeway sign and onto the bridge. The man suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment and a psychological evaluation.

 

For those contemplating suicide or who just need to talk, there is 24-hour support available to provide not only support, but other assistance, and referrals. The Suicide Prevention Hotline is available to call for anyone in crisis. The number is 1-800-273-8255.

For those in San Bernardino County, the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health has the Crisis Walk-In Clinics available to provide urgent mental health services. These services include crisis intervention, crisis risk assessments, medications, referrals to county, contract, and community resources, education and when necessary 5150/5585 evaluations.

“Individuals who enter a CWIC are screened for appropriateness of service and will either be provided referrals or admitted into CWIC for additional assessment,” said DBH Public Information Officer Aimara Freeman. “Individuals who enter a CWIC are screened for appropriateness of service and will either be provided referrals or admitted into CWIC for additional assessment. If an adult individual meets the criteria to see a psychiatrist, appointments are arranged same day.”

DBH also offers a variety of behavioral health related supportive services and prevention services through our contract service providers throughout the county. A complete of list providers can be viewed on the San Bernardino County DBH website: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/about-dbh/directories/

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This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization

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  • Victorville Police: Gary Martin | 24/7 Headline News