MEDFORD, Ore. — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and all of the holidays this time of year are supposed to be a joyous time but can be overwhelming, stressful and depressing for some. Be it the bad economy, bad memories or just troubling times, the number of Medford residents taking their own lives increases during the holiday months.
Medford Police report more and more calls come in this time of year involving people who have either attempted suicide or are contemplating suicide. Medford Police say yearly statistics from 2010 and 2011 show an increase of 44% in calls involving suicide. However, the numbers through November of this year show there has even been an increase in the year after an already large spike.
“Now for this year to have a 22% increase on top of our already huge increase from last year is quite concerning and is something we are dealing with on a daily basis now when it didn’t use to be,” said Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department.
Police say when they arrive The first priority is the safety of everyone at the scene. Once everyone is safe, police can offer to give the person a ride to the hospital to talk to a mental health professional.
Medford Police say it has become a call officers respond to almost every day and they are working closely with mental health professionals to help guide the person to the help they need.