Swansboro PD Responded To Unusually High Number Of Holiday Suicide Attempts

By: April Davis/ Carly Swain
By: April Davis/ Carly Swain

You may have heard as depression sets in around the holidays, the suicide rate increases. The Centers for Disease Control says that idea is simply a myth. Here in the east, one town had more suicide attempts than usual recently, but the police department says officers have been trained to get people the help they need.

Thursday, 3 days before Christmas, there was a report of an attempted suicide in Swansboro in Onslow County. Police say in less than 10 minutes the woman was talked out of jumping from a bridge and her life was saved. Swansboro Police say they've received 3 calls about self-inflicted injuries in the last 7 days. That's a much higher call volume than the national trend. According to the CDC, December is the month with the lowest numbers across the country of suicide attempts.

Swansboro police Chief Ed Parrish says this is unusual, and officers are trained in crisis management.

"You want to calm them down- want to let them know you're not there to arrest them. You're there to help them. What can we do to help you? You want to of course keep them from harm-and not be aggressive," said Chief Parrish

In Onslow County the crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day. That number is (910) 353- 5118.


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  • by joanne Location: swansboro on Dec 28, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    Really???
  • by chill Location: enc on Dec 28, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    Lets get them the help they need.Everyone needs some help in America right now thanks to our goverment.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    See, liberals are all for assisted suicide, these guys just didn't get permission from da gubmint. Don'tcha know ya gots ta have your permit? All kidding aside though, good luck to these folks who have been given a second (or third) chance.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:38 AM in reply to
      Yeah, it's because Liberals are intelligent enough to understand somebody with a horrible terminal illness shouldn't be forced to live in an extremely uncomfortable or painful state for months or years if they don't want to.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM in reply to
        I don't disagree. I just disagree that it has to be "legalized". It shouldn't be an issue at all. Each person has no more basic right that what to do with their own life. My comment was sarcastically referring to the "usual suspect" liberals up here saying we should do everything possible to save these lives when honestly, it's none of their business either way. If a person really wants to die it's their decision and nobody else's. If someone, without pulling the "trigger", can show them a way to make it less painful and/or more dignified, more power to them.
  • by dirty harry Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    Yea. I'm with Ralphie let them do it most of them attempts r just for the attention .some of them will try again until they succeed.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Dec 27, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    her "life" was saved...but so too probably, was her misery. Gee thanks, eh? Let them do it, if they are really trying to.
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      by Chris on Dec 28, 2011 at 02:02 AM in reply to ralphie
      Exactly , Ralphie. Let them do it , if they have the guts.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 03:28 AM in reply to ralphie
      You're an idiot. There are countless numbers of people that simply were desperate at some point and didn't know what to do. They get help and go on to lead a happier and productive life. Who are YOU to judge someone's pain and say forget about them? Gee, I hope you never need help with something in life. That was a pathetic post.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:39 AM in reply to ralphie
      I wonder if you'd say the same thing about a terminal illness. I mean, why help somebody with cancer, it's probably going to eventually kill them anyway. I mean it's not like mental illness is a real thing.
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