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Portland suicide rate high

A Portland police report has found that the suicide rate in Portland is considerably higher than the national rate.

The report released Monday reveals that Portland’s suicide rate between April 2011 and June 2013 was 34.4 per 100,000. This is nearly three-times the national suicide rate in 2010, which was 12.4, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During that 26-month period there were 202 suicides, an average of 7.5 per month. Males accounted for 83.3 percent of the suicides, with females at 16.3 percent. The average age of the victims was 44.8.

Caucasians made up 83.7 percent of the total deaths, while African-Americans and Asians each accounted for 4.5 percent and Hispanics at 3.5 percent.

The summer saw the most suicides of any season, with an average of 8.9 suicides per month.

This report comes after the city constructed a fence on Southwest Portland’s Vista Bridge, which had become informally known as ‘suicide bridge.’ Five people have jumped to their deaths from the bridge so far this year, the most in any year since the bridge was constructed in 1926.

Anyone struggling with depression or suicide can call the Lines for Life Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK, the Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888 or go to the Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Urgent Walk-in Clinic: 503-963-2575.

To read the full report at www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/465339