SALINAS, Calif- A teen girl is being treated after she tried to jump off the overpass at W. Laurel Drive and Highway 101 Wednesday morning, said police. Several people called 911 to report that there was a teenage girl sitting on the railing and crying.
Officer Mattocks of the Salinas Police Department saw the 16-year-old girl on the south railing of the bridge over the northbound lanes of the freeway. She had her hands over her face and was crying. As the officer was pulling up to the bridge the girl began to lean forward, as if she was about to jump. The officer rushed over to grab the girl and pull her back, said the department.
The teen was taken to Natividad Medical Center and placed on a hold for treatment and evaluation.
Natividad has a huge increase in adolescents coming in to the emergency room. A lot of them, related to suicide.
"We've definitely seen a double or almost triple affect in the amount of minors that come each month in the last 10 months than we've ever seen before," said Devon Corpus, county crisis team supervisor.
Corpus says she can't pin it to one specific thing but a consistent theme are stressful teens who may be feeling the pressure of the economy from their parents.
"Number one have an open dialogue in your home," Corpus said. "If you have a teenager or a child that you have that gut feeling that something is bothering them, just ask."
She added that parents should check in with their kids on a regular basis regardless if they feel something is wrong
Early Wednesday morning, Officer Mattocks only had seconds to decide if something was wrong and react.
"We're really proud of Officer Mattocks," said Sheldon Bryan with Salinas Police. "I've spoke to the folks at behavioral health, they're describing him as a hero and I completely agree."
Mattocks works the late night shift and was unavailable Wednesday.
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