Friends of the Vista Bridge Story

Ken and I are looking for opportunities to speak publicly about our process of creating our organization Friends of the Vista Bridge.  We realize that our program’s success has been because of the willingness of the community to work together.  We believe we can work with other communities to create similar programs.  Please contact us.

New “Safe Talk” training offered

There will be at training called “Safe Talk” this Thursday, August 15 at 5:30 at Lines For Life.  Their location is 5100 SW Macadam Ave. Suite #400 97239.  Please call to reserve a spot. 503-244-5211
All volunteers need to attend the training.

New date for suicide prevention training at Lines for Life

 

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We need volunteers to patrol the Vista Bridge. You can get free training at Lines for Life

There will be a second training at Lines for Life in the evening:

Tuesday July 30th 5:30 to 9:30 PM

Lines for Life
5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97239

RSVP 503-244-5211

City will place a temporary barrier on Vista Bridge.

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Thank you Commissioner Steve Novick!  To read more, click here 

June10-The Associated Press has taken our story nationally and internationally.

 

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In wake of deaths, group pushes for suicide barrier at majestic arch bridge

 

By Associated Press,June 09, 2013

 

PORTLAND, Ore. — On a sunny January afternoon, 12 stories above a busy street, a newly engaged 19-year-old woman jumped to her death from a spectacular arch bridge west of downtown Portland. Last month, in the middle of the night, a 40-year-old man did the same. Last week, yet another person — a 15-year-old girl — plunged from the span.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

 

Suicide Awareness is raised. Candlelight Vigil is held on Saturday, June 8

6-8-13KGWPORTLAND – On Saturday friends and family held a candlelight vigil honoring a 15-year-old who took her own life by jumping off the Vista Bridge in Southwest Portland.

The people at Saturday’s vigil brought candles and left flowers. They said the purpose was to raise awareness about suicide and to start the conversation, getting people talking about prevention.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

 

These incredible groups were at the Vigil to offer support:

Vista Bridge suicides: ‘You’re not supposed to see stuff like that’

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A 15-year-old girl was the latest to take her own life by jumping off the Vista Bridge and for a couple that works nearby, what’s happening has got to stop.

The 120-foot tall Vista Bridge is in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Southwest Portland. Jefferson Street and the MAX tracks are below.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

 

UPDATE: Death Investigation After Female Jumps from Vista Bridge – MAX Shut Down Both Directions

Portland Police Bureau

The Oregon State Medical Examiner confirmed that he girl who jumped from the Vista Bridge yesterday is 15-year-old Marina Hamblin-Rock of Beaverton.
The Medical Examiner also determined the cause of death to be a suicide.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide is preventable.

… READ THE ARTICLE HERE

June 6 Portland Oregon Mayor Charlie Hales Supports Modification to Vista Bridge

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A 15-year-old Beaverton girl jumped to her death from Vista Bridge on Wednesday, the third suicide from the historic span this year. That equals the highest number of Vista Bridge suicides in any year in the past decade…. READ THE ARTICLE HERE

Vista Bridge jumper shuts down MAX train

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A female jumped to her death from the Vista Bridge Wednesday. Her body was found on the MAX tracks below the bridge in the Southwest Portland neighborhood of Goose Hollow Wednesday morning. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene….  READ MORE

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The top of Portland’s Vista Bridge. (KOIN 6 News)