June 8, 2018
Public reminder – crisis lines on the Alex Fraser Bridge
On June 7, with the assistance of the public, and a timely warning from a neighbouring police force, Delta Police managed to be in the right place at the right time to prevent a youth in crisis from committing suicide.
The incident occurred on the Alex Fraser Bridge. A passing driver alerted police to a distraught looking youth. Just prior to this call, another police force asked Delta officers to check for the youth on the bridge.
“Our officers were lucky; they got there just in time. It’s not something we’d usually speak about, as we try to be very sensitive about how we approach mental health issues” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. But she notes with recent high profile news of two celebrity suicides, Delta Police wanted to remind the public about the existence of the six yellow call boxes, located at the pedestrian entrances and middle of the bridge.
The phones are in place for anyone who needs help, and were installed in October 2017, in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation, the Crisis Line Association of BC and Telus. The phones connect the caller to either the Fraser Health Crisis Line or the Vancouver Distress Line for emotional support. At the time the phones were installed Delta Police noted they had responded to approximately 30 incidents specific to the Alex Fraser Bridge over the span of five years. The day after the phones were installed the Delta Police responded to a person calling for help from the one of the boxes.
Though the phone wasn’t used in this specific instance, it was in use as recently as April 2018.
“The public has also played an important role in helping save lives in these instances – whether it is a passing motorist who notices something isn’t quite right, or someone who may be working on the bridge,” adds Leykauf.
The Fraser Health Crisis Line provides immediate, free, and confidential emotional support, crisis intervention and community resource information to people of all ages 24 hours a day – everyday. If you’d like to make a difference in the lives of others, please consider volunteering with the crisis line.
To learn more please go to http://www.options.bc.ca/fraser-health-crisis-line/volunteer-with-the-fraser-health-crisis-line.
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