Release Date: May 7th, 2019 - 11:16pm
Originator: Staff Sergeant, Gerard KELLY, Uniform, 905.825.4747 Ext. 2310
Contact: D/Sergeant, Gerard KELLY, Uniform, 905.825.4747 Ext. 2310
Halton police resolve situation with a person in crisis in Burlington
On Tuesday May 7, 2019, at 5:00 pm, the Halton Regional Police Service received calls from concerned citizens in relation to a male person who was in crisis and desired to end their life. The male person had been posting on social media that he intended on causing harm to himself and end his life. Citizens viewing these social media posts who knew this male person then contacted police out of concern.
Police attended a condominium building located at Pearl Street and Lakeshore Road in the City of Burlington. Officers made contact with the male person who was inside his unit. The male person was not desirous to come out and speak with the officers.
Police had ongoing communication with the male person that went on for at least four hours with the assistance of his family members telephoning him to try and provide him some guidance and assistance. The male person in crisis also telephoned a mental health crisis line in order to get some assistance during this incident.
Police officers obtained a key to the residence and went inside the apartment unit. A 37 year old male person in crisis was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital for assistance. The situation was resolved patiently and peacefully.
There were some slight road closure traffic disruptions on Pearl Street between Lakeshore Road and Pine Street during this police activity.
The Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind local citizens that if they are experiencing a mental health crisis and require immediate and urgent attention please visit your closest Hospital Emergency Room or dial 911 for assistance.
If you are in crisis but do not require emergency care you can call for assistance at Halton Distress Centres 24 hours day and 7 days a week at either 905-849-4541 or 905-877-1211.
Citizens can also contact the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) 24 hours day and 7 days a week at 1-877-825-9011 or by TTY 1-844-646-1700.