Rise in suicide calls sparks crisis services reminder from Elgin County OPP

Ontario Provincial Police in Hawkesbury are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Highway 17 that occurred around noon on Tuesday. One person died in the crash, the OPP detachment said. Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press File

Elgin County OPP are reminding the public that crisis services are available 24/7 after responding to five suicide calls in a little more than 24 hours.

Of the five calls, two happened in Port Stanley, one in Port Burwell, one in Bayham, and the other was south of St. Thomas.

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In all but one case, provincial police were able to intervene, negotiate with the individual, and take them to hospital.

Provincial police said they found one 77-year-old man without vital signs at around 7:00 pm Friday, near the lift bridge at Kettle Creek River in Port Stanley. They said no foul play is suspected in the death.

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Police would like to remind individuals experiencing mental health concerns, addictions, or crisis that they can contact Reach Out, a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week phone service. Reach Out can be contacted by calling 519-433-2023, or toll free at 1-866-933-2023.

Additional walk in support is available through the Canadian Mental Health Association, located at 110 Centre Street in St. Thomas, Ontario during regular business hours — 8:30 am – 4:30 pm — or at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, 24 hours, 7 days a week, in room 183.

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