A Mental Health Response Unit Officer is being credited with saving the life of a suicidal woman threatening to jump off a tall building in central Oshawa.
On Monday, October 2, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m., police were called to a parking garage in central Oshawa regarding a distraught female. Officers arrived to discover the 27-year-old woman on the edge on the top deck of the parking structure. She was about 70 feet above the ground and had a rope tied around her neck.
An officer with the Mental Health Response Unit (MHRU) began speaking with her and the two talked for about one hour before the female decided to come down off the ledge. She was taken for an assessment.
The MHRU is a partnership between the DRPS and Lakeridge Health – Oshawa, supported by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The Unit combines a registered nurse with a specially-trained police officer to respond to mental health crisis calls.
So far in 2017, the DRPS has been called to 2,355 attempt suicide calls across the region, of which 40 ended up being fatalities. In addition to the MHRU, we have provided specialized training to over 180 front-line officers and work closely with community partners to connect those in crisis with the support services available to them in our community.
For further information about ongoing DRPS efforts to assist those suffering from mental health issues, please contact Insp. Bruce Townley of the Community Safety Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5655.