Metro Vancouver 13-year-old gets help for woman talking of suicide in Ohio

Jan 20 2021, 7:42 pm

A quick-thinking 13-year-old girl from Metro Vancouver was able to get help this week for a woman in Ohio who was talking about suicide.

The girl texted the Metro Vancouver Transit Police when she came across a concerning YouTube video in which another young woman swallowed pills and talked about killing herself.

Transit police officers tracked down the location of the video, and found it was uploaded 4,000 kilometres away in Ohio.

Officers contacted a local police force, and officers on the ground went to check on the woman.

“Remember, it’s okay to not be okay,” Sgt. Clint Hampton said in a video statement posted to Twitter. “If you or somebody you come across in your transit journey is struggling, text transit police at 87-77-77.”

Transit police’s texting service allows anyone to discretely alert officers about incidents that make them feel unsafe on the transit system.

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