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New suicide prevention signs being installed on Vista Bridge

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

City leaders in Portland unveiled new suicide prevention signs to be installed on the Vista Bridge on Wednesday.

Suicide calls in Portland have risen from 630 in 2001 to 1,200 in 2011, leading Commissioner Amanda Fritz to bring an ordinance to City Council providing $150,000 in funding for Lines for Life, which operates 1-800-SUICIDE in the Portland area.

City officials said the suicide prevention hotline has a 98 percent de-escalation rate for suicide calls. The $150,000 will go toward hiring more staff to supervise and answer the hotline.

Mayor Sam Adams said matching people in need of help with people trained to handle these scenarios is a "first, but important step."

The local number for the suicide prevent hotline is 503-972-3456.

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