Police in Jiangsu last Friday evening managed to maintain a phone call with a woman threatening to commit suicide for around 50 minutes, eventually buying enough time to get to her home and rescue her.
The woman in Pei county, Xuzhou city called the police and told them that she planned on taking drugs to kill herself at about 6:00 p.m before quickly hanging up, Jiangsu TV reports.
The police managed to stall the woman by calling her back and keeping her on the line. During that time, the officer collected as much information about her whereabouts and arranged a group of emergency rescuers to go to the scene.
Police: Hello, this is the police. What did you call us for?
Woman: I didn’t call the police.
Police: Where are you?
Woman: I didn’t call the police. I’ve told you.
Police: We received a phone call from someone claiming she was going to take medicine to kill herself.
Woman: I didn’t do it. Someone else did it.
Police: Where are you? I’d like to meet you in person.
After a 20-minute talk on the phone, the woman finally told police her name and address.
When an emergency team rushed to the woman’s home, she refused to open the door, and threatened to kill herself another way if they broke in. The police managed to talk her out of it after staying on the phone with her for another 30 minutes.
Shortly afterwards, a locksmith came to help open the door. Police rushed inside and the woman was found lying in her bed. She admitted that because of relationship issues, she attempted to take capsules and down 0.25 kilograms of baijiu to kill herself.
She was rushed to the hospital for treatment and is no longer in a life-threatening condition, according to reports.
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)
By Lucy Liu
[Via Jiangsu TV]