Knowing the ‘Signs’ Can Prevent Suicides

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 800 Los Angeles County residents die by suicide each year — more than the number that die by homicide, accidental drug overdose or vehicle accidents — a statistic highlighted by mental health officials Tuesday as part of Suicide Awareness Week.

In addition, an average of 11 people are hospitalized every day following suicide attempts.

The Department of Mental Health has teamed up with hip-hop radio station Power 106 to promote suicide awareness and prevention.

The department urges anyone struggling with thoughts of suicide — or who knows a loved one in trouble — to call the suicide prevention lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255) or visit http://suicidepreventinlifeline.org, which offers around-the-clock free and confidential assistance from trained counselors.

The radio campaign is aimed at Latino and black residents and public service announcements feature personal stories from survivors. Individuals also share their journeys in videos found on the department’s website.

All county residents are encouraged to learn more about recognizing the signs of suicide and where to get help.

“Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out,” are the three key messages of California’s statewide Suicide is Preventable campaign.

More information, including a comprehensive directory of national, state and county resources, can be found at www.suicideispreventable.org.

Woman Fatally Struck by Freight Train In Possible Suicide

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

MONTEBELLO – A woman was fatally struck by a freight train in Montebello this morning in what police believe was a suicide.

The crash was reported at 1:47 a.m. near the intersection of Montebello and Olympic boulevards.

Police believe the woman, who died at the scene, intentionally placed herself in the path of the train. Her identity was being withheld pending family notification.

The accident and subsequent investigation prompted the closures of Montebello Boulevard, Greenwood Avenue, Maple Avenue and Vail Avenue between Olympic Boulevard and Mines Avenues, police said.

By about 6 a.m., the roadways had been reopened except for Montebello Boulevard, which was reopened about 90 minutes later, police said.

Some delays were reported on Metrolink’s Riverside Line because of “freight congestion” involving the accident, according to Metrolink.

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