The Aurora Bridge has gotten all the local attention in this sad arena but it may be time for some signs and phones on our bridges too. One of the people who wrote us about the deadly West Seattle bridge jump last week just e-mailed to say “it’s happened again” (she works in the area). The 911 log shows a “7 per rule” call (which usually means life-threatening injury/illness suspected) for that vicinity an hour ago – SW Spokane/Delridge. (1:15 PM update, just received another report from the area, so we’re taking the question mark off the headline). National suicide-prevention hotline: 800/SUICIDE. Local Crisis Clinic: 206/461-3222. Suicide is an epidemic and needs to be addressed, not hidden in shame-ridden reticence to talk about it. If you didn’t read it when we posted it last June, read this 2004 Seattle Weekly article (whose author, Philip Dawdy, has an excellent blog about mental-health issues, Furious Seasons), which addresses it better than anything we’ve ever seen. 1:35 PM UPDATE: Unlike last week’s jump, this one is getting “conventional media” coverage — this story just posted says the person committed suicide after confronting his psychiatrist.
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