Police were called to the scene in Akron, OH this morning as a woman was hanging off the fencing of the bridge of the East Ave exit (over I-76/I-77 bridge). Apparently, the woman was trying to commit suicide. It was reported that two semi trucks stopped traffic in an attempt to prevent her from dying.
Thankfully, there was no traffic when the woman did eventually let go and fall about 30 feet off the bridge to the ground and she wasn’t ran over or anything. It was reported that she only sustained non-life threatening injuries and she was immediately transported to the hospital.
There were a lot of rumors floating around on social media about her jumping with a baby or a baby being taken out of her arms, but according to the authorities, her 10 year old child was safe at home. The woman’s name has not been released, but reports on wykc.com state she was 38 years old.
Suicide is real people!!! It seems people have been in a really depressed state lately and we need to know the signs when somebody may be suicidal. Here are a list of signs and behaviors to be aware of and that might suggest someone being at risk of suicide include – but are not limited to:
- Direct and indirect verbal expressions: “I don’t want to live anymore”, “there is nothing to live for anymore”, “people will be better off without me”
- Dramatic changes in mood
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Increase in drug and alcohol use
- Risk taking behavior
- Agressive, impulsive and/or violent acts
- Expressions of hopelessness and purposelessness
- Lack of self care or outright neglect of self
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Feeling tired most of the time
- Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
- Changes in eating and sleeping pattern
- Withdrawal from family, friends, and interests
- Giving away prize possessions and/or making a will; tidying up personal affairs; writing notes; making notes on belongings
- Reconnecting with old friends and extended family as if to say goodbye
- Previous unresolved or recent suicide attempt(s)
- Unusual happiness and peace after an intense period of turmoil and displaying the above characteristics