June 26, 2014 4:33 pm

Two attempted suicides shut down LRT lines in Calgary

Police and paramedics responded to a suicide attempt at the Whitehorn LRT station on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Global News

Two suicide attempts on Thursday temporarily closed the northeast and west legs of the LRT.

The first incident happened just before 6 a.m. at the Whitehorn LRT station in the northeast.  A man was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police were later called to a second suicide attempt at the Westbrook LRT station at around 2 p.m.  It’s believed the man in that attempt was not seriously injured.

In both cases, Calgary Transit shut down the lines while police investigated.

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Joan Roy, the executive director of the Distress Centre in Calgary and a suicide prevention expert, stresses people with suicidal thoughts should get help immediately.

“If you are contemplating suicide or in need of someone to talk to, please call our crisis line at 403-266-1675.”

The centre’s crisis line is staffed 24 hours a day.

Roy says the Distress Centre is working with Calgary Transit, the Centre for Suicide Prevention, and LivingWorks Education on a public awareness campaign on the issue.

Here are some other suicide prevention resources:

Kids Help Phone: A free, anonymous and confidential phone and on-line professional counselling service for youth.

Canadian Mental Health Association: Tools for understanding mental health issues that can lead to suicide.

Centre for Suicide Prevention: Facts and myths about suicide, resource kits, support group listings.

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