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Steel Bridge shut down for hours as officers help woman suffering mental health crisis

After more than two hours, the woman agreed to come out. She was taken into custody and taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Credit: Portland Police Bureau
The Steel Bridge in Portland, Ore. was closed for several hours on Sunday, July 14, 2019, because a woman suffering from a mental health crisis was inside the bridge's tender shack and throwing items onto the road below.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police shut down the Steel Bridge on Sunday morning to work with a woman they say was suffering from a mental health condition.

Officers responded around 8:30 a.m. and found the woman in the bridge's tender shack above the road, throwing cans of oil and other objects onto the pavement below.

Officers with the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team talked with the woman for more than two hours, after which she agreed to come out. She was lowered down the stairs on a rescue gurney, taken into custody and transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Nobody was injured.

The Steel Bridge was reopened shortly before noon Sunday.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 800-273-8255. The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support by text. Text 741741 to be connected to a trained counselor.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call 503-963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu