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Stretches of Downtown Closed By Mental Health Episodes Wednesday
By Lookout Staff
September 6, 2018 -- Two separate mental-health-related incidents -- a suicide and a man who refused to climb down from a tree -- shut down parts of Downtown Santa Monica Wednesday.
In what was a gruesome suicide, a man was decapitated by the rope he used to hang himself in a Santa Monica parking on Second Street at around 12:40 p.m., according to City News Service.
Several witnesses said they saw the man jump from the seventh floor of parking Structure 4 on the 1300 block of Second Street flanking the Third Street Promenade.
Less than half a dozen blocks away on the 1500 block of Fifth Street, a man climbed a large tree at around 9:45 a.m. and refused to come down.
It took police and fire personnel -- along with staff from the the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health – several hours to talk him into coming down.
Police said the man had “obvious mental health issues” and began tossing branches.
He finally turned himself in and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation shortly before the suicide took place.
The two north/south streets were shut down for several hours and reopened in the afternoon.
The incidents took place several blocks from Helpguide.com, a Santa Monica-based guide to mental health and wellness ("Santa Monica Site Helps Those Battling Severe Depression," August 13, 2014).
Those suffering from distress can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
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