Juvenile Female Getting Mental Health Care After Suicide Attempt on Interstate 5 near Myrtle Creek

A 15-year old female was detained Monday morning by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and Oregon State Police (OSP) as she reportedly attempted to take her own life by moving into traffic on Interstate 5 near Myrtle Creek in Douglas County. The girl was transported to Mercy Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

On June 9, 2014 at approximately 8:45 a.m., DCSO and OSP responded to northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 105 following reports of a female running into traffic. Citizens had stopped and provided dispatch updates of what the girl was doing. A DCSO deputy arrived first and established communication with the girl, followed by OSP troopers.

The girl told officers she wanted to end her life by getting hit by passing traffic. She was taken into custody on a police officer hold and transported by OSP to the hospital.

Help is available in Douglas County for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Douglas County Crisis Call Help line is available 24 hours a day at (541) 440-3532 or 800-866-9780. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Mental health crisis intervention services are also available at local hospitals, secondary schools, and the Douglas County Mental Health Department.