Police talk woman out of jumping off Itchen Bridge in Southampton

Police talk woman out of jumping off bridge

Police talk woman out of jumping off bridge

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

POLICE talked a woman off the parapet of the Itchen Bridge in Southampton.

Officers spoke to the 28-year-old for around 50 minutes after a call to the bridge at around 2.45pm yesterday.

Earlier reports that someone had fallen into the river were discounted after a 40-minute search by lifeboats from Cowes and Calshot.

The woman was detained by the police.

Max Rimington, the Cowes boat helm, said: “As we approached the Itchen Bridge we saw a woman who was on the edge of the bridge. Behind her was an ambulance and a number of police.

“Although eventually the woman was talked to safety by the police, we were told that another woman has been seen to have already jumped from the bridge. The lifeboats then carried out a thorough search of the river, assisted by police and mobile coastguard units on both banks, and a Solent coastguard helicopter.”

The search was called off after 40 minutes.

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2:38pm Sun 21 Oct 12

taxi driver in southampton says...

I'm so glad we have kind and considerate people on here.
Do you not think for one moment this is a cry for help, please give a thought for the person and what state of mind they must of been in to even consider ending their life.
I'm so glad we have kind and considerate people on here. Do you not think for one moment this is a cry for help, please give a thought for the person and what state of mind they must of been in to even consider ending their life. taxi driver in southampton
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2:48pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Hdg end mo says...

taxi driver in southampton wrote:
I'm so glad we have kind and considerate people on here.
Do you not think for one moment this is a cry for help, please give a thought for the person and what state of mind they must of been in to even consider ending their life.
There are plenty of people/ organisations who can help if you ask for it hanging of the itchen bridge is not the answer had that women jumped think about the people who could have witnessed it traumatised for life.
[quote][p][bold]taxi driver in southampton[/bold] wrote: I'm so glad we have kind and considerate people on here. Do you not think for one moment this is a cry for help, please give a thought for the person and what state of mind they must of been in to even consider ending their life.[/p][/quote]There are plenty of people/ organisations who can help if you ask for it hanging of the itchen bridge is not the answer had that women jumped think about the people who could have witnessed it traumatised for life. Hdg end mo
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3:02pm Sun 21 Oct 12

jonnyx says...

"Police talk woman out of jumping off Itchen Bridge in Southampton"

meanwhile in the background, in a beautiful example of compassionate humanity, hdg end mo and amber17 can be heard shouting

"JUMP YOU ATTENTION SEEKING B***H, JUMP"
"Police talk woman out of jumping off Itchen Bridge in Southampton" meanwhile in the background, in a beautiful example of compassionate humanity, hdg end mo and amber17 can be heard shouting "JUMP YOU ATTENTION SEEKING B***H, JUMP" jonnyx
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3:04pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Hdg end mo says...

jonnyx wrote:
"Police talk woman out of jumping off Itchen Bridge in Southampton"

meanwhile in the background, in a beautiful example of compassionate humanity, hdg end mo and amber17 can be heard shouting

"JUMP YOU ATTENTION SEEKING B***H, JUMP"
:-) well not in those exact words
[quote][p][bold]jonnyx[/bold] wrote: "Police talk woman out of jumping off Itchen Bridge in Southampton" meanwhile in the background, in a beautiful example of compassionate humanity, hdg end mo and amber17 can be heard shouting "JUMP YOU ATTENTION SEEKING B***H, JUMP"[/p][/quote]:-) well not in those exact words Hdg end mo
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3:17pm Sun 21 Oct 12

mickey01 says...

i would have given her the money for the toll if she was short there was no need to swim across
i would have given her the money for the toll if she was short there was no need to swim across mickey01
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3:22pm Sun 21 Oct 12

commonsence says...

Mental illness of any kind is hard to cope with and even harder to talk about. Long time depression makes it even harder to talk with anyone , people just put on a brave face to the world and try to carry on .But sadly some get to a point when they feel nothing and no-one can help. I hope this young woman does seek help and anyone else who feels suicide is their only solution .
Mental illness of any kind is hard to cope with and even harder to talk about. Long time depression makes it even harder to talk with anyone , people just put on a brave face to the world and try to carry on .But sadly some get to a point when they feel nothing and no-one can help. I hope this young woman does seek help and anyone else who feels suicide is their only solution . commonsence
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4:46pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Miss SG says...

How lucky some of you must be to never feel like that in your perfect little lives, that's hope none of your friends or family are never in this situation.......
How lucky some of you must be to never feel like that in your perfect little lives, that's hope none of your friends or family are never in this situation....... Miss SG
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6:53pm Sun 21 Oct 12

lavalady says...

taxi driver in southampton wrote:
I'm so glad we have kind and considerate people on here.
Do you not think for one moment this is a cry for help, please give a thought for the person and what state of mind they must of been in to even consider ending their life.
Well said, me and my wife was one who reported It to the cashier and we said that she was very upset, and then she left her bag on the floor and climbed the rail and sat on it. So I'm so clad she was ok and need the help she going to get..
[quote][p][bold]taxi driver in southampton[/bold] wrote: I'm so glad we have kind and considerate people on here. Do you not think for one moment this is a cry for help, please give a thought for the person and what state of mind they must of been in to even consider ending their life.[/p][/quote]Well said, me and my wife was one who reported It to the cashier and we said that she was very upset, and then she left her bag on the floor and climbed the rail and sat on it. So I'm so clad she was ok and need the help she going to get.. lavalady
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8:39pm Sun 21 Oct 12

vag says...

I have a very good view if the bridge from my window on the fifth floor if South western house. I thought she was going to do it.
I have a very good view if the bridge from my window on the fifth floor if South western house. I thought she was going to do it. vag
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8:41pm Sun 21 Oct 12

vag says...

'If' should be 'of'. Damned iPhone autocorrect.
'If' should be 'of'. Damned iPhone autocorrect. vag
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9:18pm Sun 21 Oct 12

CEH393 says...

A friend of mine stopped her from jumping and kept talking to her until the police arrived, she was from the South Hants Hospital and had walked to the bridge from there. I live near the bridge and I must admit I get cheesed off with the seemingly attention seeking muppets that close the bridge and waste police time, however we do not know what problems people have that cause people to want to kill themselves, I am going to reserve judgment on this one as this person obviously needs help of some sort, I wonder why she was allowed out if she was is such a mental state?
A friend of mine stopped her from jumping and kept talking to her until the police arrived, she was from the South Hants Hospital and had walked to the bridge from there. I live near the bridge and I must admit I get cheesed off with the seemingly attention seeking muppets that close the bridge and waste police time, however we do not know what problems people have that cause people to want to kill themselves, I am going to reserve judgment on this one as this person obviously needs help of some sort, I wonder why she was allowed out if she was is such a mental state? CEH393
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9:36pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Ted Rogers says...

CEH393 wrote:
A friend of mine stopped her from jumping and kept talking to her until the police arrived, she was from the South Hants Hospital and had walked to the bridge from there. I live near the bridge and I must admit I get cheesed off with the seemingly attention seeking muppets that close the bridge and waste police time, however we do not know what problems people have that cause people to want to kill themselves, I am going to reserve judgment on this one as this person obviously needs help of some sort, I wonder why she was allowed out if she was is such a mental state?
I would suggest that anyone climbing onto the bridge, threatening to jump is in need of help.
[quote][p][bold]CEH393[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine stopped her from jumping and kept talking to her until the police arrived, she was from the South Hants Hospital and had walked to the bridge from there. I live near the bridge and I must admit I get cheesed off with the seemingly attention seeking muppets that close the bridge and waste police time, however we do not know what problems people have that cause people to want to kill themselves, I am going to reserve judgment on this one as this person obviously needs help of some sort, I wonder why she was allowed out if she was is such a mental state?[/p][/quote]I would suggest that anyone climbing onto the bridge, threatening to jump is in need of help. Ted Rogers
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11:19am Mon 22 Oct 12

nemesis85 says...

sunday tv is rubbish, she needed something to do, i thought free falling was classed as a hobby these days.
sunday tv is rubbish, she needed something to do, i thought free falling was classed as a hobby these days. nemesis85
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1:55pm Mon 22 Oct 12

s e reader says...

I feel so much empathy for this woman and it is good news that the police were able to prevent her being successful. However, to all those who say they hope she gets the help she needs, do be aware that such help is in very limited supply. She might be given a phone number to call or given medication that can sometimes make the position worse. I hope she is one of the lucky ones that finds someone who can really hear her needs and help her address them.
I feel so much empathy for this woman and it is good news that the police were able to prevent her being successful. However, to all those who say they hope she gets the help she needs, do be aware that such help is in very limited supply. She might be given a phone number to call or given medication that can sometimes make the position worse. I hope she is one of the lucky ones that finds someone who can really hear her needs and help her address them. s e reader
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7:32pm Mon 22 Oct 12

wakeupandsmellthe roses says...

I feel I must comment on this I stood and talked this this lady as she sat on the ledge and was tormented by voices in her head, then another gentleman came and we talked her down, not the police as the echo suggested as when the Police and ambulance arrived she was already off the legde and we sat on the pavement taking to her. She was as already said in another post from Antelope House RSH, she was a lovely but troubed lady and I couldnt get her out of my head all of the weekend as it scared me. I just hope she does get the help she needs, but please get it right ECHO reporter the police did not talk her down, she got down on her own free will after I listened to her and comforted her, she said she heard voices in her head...I did call the Hospital yesterday and obviously patient confidentiality stepped in but I hope she is.
I feel I must comment on this I stood and talked this this lady as she sat on the ledge and was tormented by voices in her head, then another gentleman came and we talked her down, not the police as the echo suggested as when the Police and ambulance arrived she was already off the legde and we sat on the pavement taking to her. She was as already said in another post from Antelope House RSH, she was a lovely but troubed lady and I couldnt get her out of my head all of the weekend as it scared me. I just hope she does get the help she needs, but please get it right ECHO reporter the police did not talk her down, she got down on her own free will after I listened to her and comforted her, she said she heard voices in her head...I did call the Hospital yesterday and obviously patient confidentiality stepped in but I hope she is. wakeupandsmellthe roses
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1:16pm Tue 23 Oct 12

sparkster says...

This poor womanor anyone who is suicidal needs compassion as for the comment tv is rubbish is just a totally dumb comment and shows complete lack of understanding. I just hope anyone who makes those sort of comments never has the misfortune to suffer from depression or any other mental problem, unless anyone has been through it themselves they arent really in a position to pass judgment
This poor womanor anyone who is suicidal needs compassion as for the comment tv is rubbish is just a totally dumb comment and shows complete lack of understanding. I just hope anyone who makes those sort of comments never has the misfortune to suffer from depression or any other mental problem, unless anyone has been through it themselves they arent really in a position to pass judgment sparkster
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8:16pm Tue 23 Oct 12

s e reader says...

wakeupandsmellthe roses wrote:
I feel I must comment on this I stood and talked this this lady as she sat on the ledge and was tormented by voices in her head, then another gentleman came and we talked her down, not the police as the echo suggested as when the Police and ambulance arrived she was already off the legde and we sat on the pavement taking to her. She was as already said in another post from Antelope House RSH, she was a lovely but troubed lady and I couldnt get her out of my head all of the weekend as it scared me. I just hope she does get the help she needs, but please get it right ECHO reporter the police did not talk her down, she got down on her own free will after I listened to her and comforted her, she said she heard voices in her head...I did call the Hospital yesterday and obviously patient confidentiality stepped in but I hope she is.
I am so glad you clarified this. This detail is important and shows the strength that this lady showed even when so low. To whoever you are, please be aware that you did something very special on Saturday. Just having someone to talk to face to face rather than being stuck with a phone line is invaluble.
[quote][p][bold]wakeupandsmellthe roses[/bold] wrote: I feel I must comment on this I stood and talked this this lady as she sat on the ledge and was tormented by voices in her head, then another gentleman came and we talked her down, not the police as the echo suggested as when the Police and ambulance arrived she was already off the legde and we sat on the pavement taking to her. She was as already said in another post from Antelope House RSH, she was a lovely but troubed lady and I couldnt get her out of my head all of the weekend as it scared me. I just hope she does get the help she needs, but please get it right ECHO reporter the police did not talk her down, she got down on her own free will after I listened to her and comforted her, she said she heard voices in her head...I did call the Hospital yesterday and obviously patient confidentiality stepped in but I hope she is.[/p][/quote]I am so glad you clarified this. This detail is important and shows the strength that this lady showed even when so low. To whoever you are, please be aware that you did something very special on Saturday. Just having someone to talk to face to face rather than being stuck with a phone line is invaluble. s e reader
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5:55am Fri 26 Oct 12

Dr Martin says...

wakeupandsmellthe roses wrote:
I feel I must comment on this I stood and talked this this lady as she sat on the ledge and was tormented by voices in her head, then another gentleman came and we talked her down, not the police as the echo suggested as when the Police and ambulance arrived she was already off the legde and we sat on the pavement taking to her. She was as already said in another post from Antelope House RSH, she was a lovely but troubed lady and I couldnt get her out of my head all of the weekend as it scared me. I just hope she does get the help she needs, but please get it right ECHO reporter the police did not talk her down, she got down on her own free will after I listened to her and comforted her, she said she heard voices in her head...I did call the Hospital yesterday and obviously patient confidentiality stepped in but I hope she is.
So this lady leaves a place full of doctors and nurses and other professionals the very people she needs and then goes to the citys most famous suicide spot with many passers by. My conclusion is hospital isnt working for this lady!
[quote][p][bold]wakeupandsmellthe roses[/bold] wrote: I feel I must comment on this I stood and talked this this lady as she sat on the ledge and was tormented by voices in her head, then another gentleman came and we talked her down, not the police as the echo suggested as when the Police and ambulance arrived she was already off the legde and we sat on the pavement taking to her. She was as already said in another post from Antelope House RSH, she was a lovely but troubed lady and I couldnt get her out of my head all of the weekend as it scared me. I just hope she does get the help she needs, but please get it right ECHO reporter the police did not talk her down, she got down on her own free will after I listened to her and comforted her, she said she heard voices in her head...I did call the Hospital yesterday and obviously patient confidentiality stepped in but I hope she is.[/p][/quote]So this lady leaves a place full of doctors and nurses and other professionals the very people she needs and then goes to the citys most famous suicide spot with many passers by. My conclusion is hospital isnt working for this lady! Dr Martin
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8:02am Fri 26 Oct 12

s e reader says...

Dr Martin wrote:
wakeupandsmellthe roses wrote:
I feel I must comment on this I stood and talked this this lady as she sat on the ledge and was tormented by voices in her head, then another gentleman came and we talked her down, not the police as the echo suggested as when the Police and ambulance arrived she was already off the legde and we sat on the pavement taking to her. She was as already said in another post from Antelope House RSH, she was a lovely but troubed lady and I couldnt get her out of my head all of the weekend as it scared me. I just hope she does get the help she needs, but please get it right ECHO reporter the police did not talk her down, she got down on her own free will after I listened to her and comforted her, she said she heard voices in her head...I did call the Hospital yesterday and obviously patient confidentiality stepped in but I hope she is.
So this lady leaves a place full of doctors and nurses and other professionals the very people she needs and then goes to the citys most famous suicide spot with many passers by. My conclusion is hospital isnt working for this lady!
Let me tell you - hospital will be far far better than the isolation she will feel left to the community care teams. A two minute phone call from someone she hasn't spoken to before to see how she is that day with the comment that she knows where they are if she needs them is no way to offer support when you are in that very dark place.

The NHS should be ashamed of what they are doing in the name of progress for mental health services
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wakeupandsmellthe roses[/bold] wrote: I feel I must comment on this I stood and talked this this lady as she sat on the ledge and was tormented by voices in her head, then another gentleman came and we talked her down, not the police as the echo suggested as when the Police and ambulance arrived she was already off the legde and we sat on the pavement taking to her. She was as already said in another post from Antelope House RSH, she was a lovely but troubed lady and I couldnt get her out of my head all of the weekend as it scared me. I just hope she does get the help she needs, but please get it right ECHO reporter the police did not talk her down, she got down on her own free will after I listened to her and comforted her, she said she heard voices in her head...I did call the Hospital yesterday and obviously patient confidentiality stepped in but I hope she is.[/p][/quote]So this lady leaves a place full of doctors and nurses and other professionals the very people she needs and then goes to the citys most famous suicide spot with many passers by. My conclusion is hospital isnt working for this lady![/p][/quote]Let me tell you - hospital will be far far better than the isolation she will feel left to the community care teams. A two minute phone call from someone she hasn't spoken to before to see how she is that day with the comment that she knows where they are if she needs them is no way to offer support when you are in that very dark place. The NHS should be ashamed of what they are doing in the name of progress for mental health services s e reader
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10:50pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Dr Martin says...

Generally yes hospital is a better place but in this particular case no; I assume this lady asked to leave the unit, and was happy to do so,I also assume she chose not to discuss her thoughts and feelings with the people who are there for her, nurses doctors and other professionals.
So she isn't working with the people who are there for her
Generally yes hospital is a better place but in this particular case no; I assume this lady asked to leave the unit, and was happy to do so,I also assume she chose not to discuss her thoughts and feelings with the people who are there for her, nurses doctors and other professionals. So she isn't working with the people who are there for her Dr Martin
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8:07pm Sun 28 Oct 12

s e reader says...

Dr Martin wrote:
Generally yes hospital is a better place but in this particular case no; I assume this lady asked to leave the unit, and was happy to do so,I also assume she chose not to discuss her thoughts and feelings with the people who are there for her, nurses doctors and other professionals.
So she isn't working with the people who are there for her
There is a lot of assuming going on here. You say hospital was not the better option in this case - it would be intriguing to know why. I would also be interested to explore more your comment that she was not working with the professional staff. And there I was thinking that it was those very staff who had the duty of care in these situations.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: Generally yes hospital is a better place but in this particular case no; I assume this lady asked to leave the unit, and was happy to do so,I also assume she chose not to discuss her thoughts and feelings with the people who are there for her, nurses doctors and other professionals. So she isn't working with the people who are there for her[/p][/quote]There is a lot of assuming going on here. You say hospital was not the better option in this case - it would be intriguing to know why. I would also be interested to explore more your comment that she was not working with the professional staff. And there I was thinking that it was those very staff who had the duty of care in these situations. s e reader
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