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Suicidal Man Talked Out Of Jumping Into Quarry

A 37-year-old Racine man, who suffered from a brain injury and was homeless, tried to commit suicide just hours after he had been released from the hospital and told staff he had intended to hurt himself.

A man threatening to commit suicide by jumping into the rock quarry was apprehended by police and taken back to the hospital at 7:04 p.m. March 13, 2012 on Three Mile Road at Charles Street in Caledonia.

The 37-year-old Racine man told a dispatcher that the only reason why he hadn’t jumped was that he wanted to say good-bye to his nine-year-old son, who was with his ex-wife, according to a report by the Caledonia Police Department.

The man, who suffered from brain damage from an accident, had been released from St. Luke’s Hospital in Racine hours prior to threatening to jump into the quarry.

“The staff asked him if he was till suicidal and he told them yes. They asked him: ‘What would you rate your risk?’ And he told them he was an ‘8.’” The man was homeless and unemployed.

According to the officer who wrote the report, the suicidal man had "every intention to harm himself.” The man had originally climbed the fence at the Batten Airport and realized he wasn’t at the quarry.

When police took the man back to the hospital, they re-admitted him.

Heather Rayne Geyer March 19, 2012 at 06:28 PM
And THIS is how we treat victims of mental illness in America. Nice. Real nice.
upset father March 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The only bad treatment he received was being released from the hospital . The officers obviously did there job and keep his son from loosing his father . The hospital should be investigated .
JQCitizen March 19, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Right. If he told staff he intended to hurt himself, they shouldn't have released him.
mau March 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
First there is no excuse for anyone with a brain injury to be living in the street. If the hospital had been doing their job they wouldn't have released him. They could also have made an effort to get him hooked up with any of the number of community care groups that operate in Racine and take care of individuals with problems like his.
Beth David March 20, 2012 at 02:27 AM
There is a serious problem with "the system" if this is how the system and how hospitals work, there needs to be a serious investigation

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