Police save a woman who wanted to jump off a bridge

Another person was ready to jump from the Robert Street bridge in St. Paul today and, as we’ve said in this space too many times, it’s impossible to stay focused on the systemic failures that can lead to suicide when we never know the story and likely never will know.

So, these stories become tales of the heroism of the police if the stories get any attention at all.

The Pioneer Press provides the video.

“It breaks your heart to see people struggling with depression and it’s so rewarding to know that our officers, the guardians of St. Paul, were there to help this woman,” Axtell told the Pioneer Press. “The sad part is our officers do this frequently and oftentimes the recognition isn’t there.”

It’s a figure of speech, of course. That’s not the sad part.

“I think this really highlights the need for all of us to recognize that people struggling with depression need help and resources,” Axtell said.

That need has been obvious for years and providing resources is pretty low on the priority list. It’s been 10 years since mental health parity became law. Minnesota still doesn’t enforce it, mental health experts in the state say.

That’s the sad part.

  • Geezer44

    Suicide is about the loss of all hope in one’s life…..

  • dukepowell

    The “sad part” is that Local Law Enforcement executes acts such as these and then be obliged to answer for their actions in defense of their job.

    • No, the ‘sad part’ is that a woman thought her only choice was to jump off a bridge. I didn’t detect anything in his comments that sounded like he was defending their actions in saving her.

      • dukepowell

        That’s because every thing ended well….

        What if she had a gun/knife/baseball bat and charged a group of officers?

        What if the same person was African-American at Penn and Plymouth in north Minneapolis?

        What if she wasn’t dead? What if she was just subdued? Force ably.

        • She didn’t. So today, it’s just cops saving a life.

    • Jerry

      Straw man

  • Jim in RF

    Reports are that the Chief himself was part of the group pulling her back.

    • Did you not follow the link I provided? :*)

  • Andy K.

    What would it take to enforce parity? When Patrick Kennedy folded the parity law into the TARP bill, it was a must pass scenario and no one from the insurance lobby could get a word in edge-wise. I think it’s going to take folding a parity enforcement bill into another “must pass” bill before our congress will do anything to enforce what they already passed. Perhaps slipping a parity enforcement bill into a bonding bill, or something else our state congress “must pass”?

    • You can’t force a health care bill into a bonding bill. It would be unconstitutional.

      • Andy K.

        There goes that idea. Others?

  • flqueenfan

    There are some resources available, though not as many as we need. The problem is you have to want help and not everyone has that little, tiny glimmer of hope left to want help. We can’t force services on someone (unless they act like they need help and then there’s the 72 hour hold). In Florida, there’s a help line (211) that gets you to the United Way and help from a crisis center; I don’t know if every state has such a helpline but trying to remember 3 digits instead of 10 is a bit easier.
    I hope she knows now that people care about her enough to save her life, and that means that life is worth living.
    (Please know, I type this as someone who has been there and, thankfully, had that tiny glimmer of hope left to reach out for help.)