Woman jumps to death from bridge

ASHEVILLE A woman committed suicide from the Smoky Park Bridge on Sunday morning, according to the Asheville Police Department. Read more
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Since: Feb 07

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#1 Apr 20, 2009
I am sorry she felt she had no one to turn to.

Since: May 07

Asheville, NC

#2 Apr 20, 2009
A permanent solution to a temporary problem. Sad.
Avl Dao

Hickory, NC

#3 Apr 20, 2009
We need to make sure that people with serious mental health needs - especially those peple who are suicidal and severely depressed - have access to medical services regardless of income and employment status. Equally important, their friends/associates/neighbors need to know what services are available to the suicidal and severely depressed.
Rose55

United States

#4 Apr 20, 2009
Many years ago before the second bridge was built, the Smokey Park Bridge was nicknamed "suicide bridge" because so many people were using it to end their lives. Very sad.
They Were Warned

Asheville, NC

#5 Apr 20, 2009
Avl Dao wrote:
We need to make sure that people with serious mental health needs - especially those peple who are suicidal and severely depressed - have access to medical services regardless of income and employment status. Equally important, their friends/associates/neighbors need to know what services are available to the suicidal and severely depressed.
I hate to break the news to you, but "access to medical services regardless of income and employment status" went by the wayside with the train wreck called "privatization" (i.e., Mental Health Reform) that was passed in 2001 and initiated in 2004. This legislation made way for the private profiteers who have subsequently destroyed any sibilance of a comprehensive mental health system in NC. Indeed a sad story, but there are literally hundreds just like this that never make the news. You can thank former NC State Senator Steve Metcalf (now a very dignified lobbyist) and Representative Verla Insko for this brilliant piece of legislation. Both were warned time and time again that this kind of tragedy would be the result.

Since: Oct 08

Candler, NC

#6 Apr 20, 2009
Avl Dao wrote:
We need to make sure that people with serious mental health needs - especially those peple who are suicidal and severely depressed - have access to medical services regardless of income and employment status. Equally important, their friends/associates/neighbors need to know what services are available to the suicidal and severely depressed.
I don't I could say it any better! It is truly sad.

Since: Mar 08

Lenoir, NC

#7 Apr 20, 2009
Why wasn't this on the news, WLOS? What a joke of a station! So sad for her family.
Ann Ryder

AOL

#8 Apr 20, 2009
They Were Warned wrote:
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I hate to break the news to you, but "access to medical services regardless of income and employment status" went by the wayside with the train wreck called "privatization" (i.e., Mental Health Reform) that was passed in 2001 and initiated in 2004. This legislation made way for the private profiteers who have subsequently destroyed any sibilance of a comprehensive mental health system in NC. Indeed a sad story, but there are literally hundreds just like this that never make the news. You can thank former NC State Senator Steve Metcalf (now a very dignified lobbyist) and Representative Verla Insko for this brilliant piece of legislation. Both were warned time and time again that this kind of tragedy would be the result.
I recall several years ago, an acquaintance phoned Blue Ridge Mental Health and told them she was going to kill herslf. They told her the first appointment they could give her was in six weeks. Then she called suicide hotline and got an answering machine!
Then she moved away from here.
Witness

Raleigh, NC

#9 Apr 20, 2009
hdbikerchick wrote:
Why wasn't this on the news, WLOS? What a joke of a station! So sad for her family.
I was actually one of the two witnesses to this tragic event. I too was wondering why WLOS did nothing and I emailed them yesterday afternoon. I got a very nice reply from Holly Headrick indicating they had heard of the even but it was the station's policy not to report on suicides.

“Conservative for America”

Since: Apr 07

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#10 Apr 20, 2009
Keeping in mind that the article, if you want to call it that was depressingly short and lacking any useful information. This was a headline to catch attention and nothing more.

Maybe this woman had lived her life and after struggling with her problems and through the American medical system both public and private, she just felt she had completed her journey. Stigma is placed on suicide because religion and governments have decided it was wrong. It never ceases to amaze me that police will arrest an individual that has done nothing wrong and in no way put at risk another's life.

On the flip side suicide is a selfish act and if you have children it is beyond reprehensible that you leave them with a lifetime of torment because you weren't willing to consider the effect it would have on them. If the person has no attachments and s/he feels they want to go. Why not allow them some dignity and by doing so it will be less likely they will choose a method that puts others in harms way.
ooops

AOL

#11 Apr 20, 2009
I hate to break the news to you, but "access to medical services regardless of income and employment status" went by the wayside with the train wreck called "privatization" (i.e., Mental Health Reform) that was passed in 2001 and initiated in 2004. This legislation made way for the private profiteers who have subsequently destroyed any sibilance of a comprehensive mental health system in NC. Indeed a sad story, but there are literally hundreds just like this that never make the news. You can thank former NC State Senator Steve Metcalf (now a very dignified lobbyist) and Representative Verla Insko for this brilliant piece of legislation. Both were warned time and time again that this kind of tragedy would be the result......
While it is certainly sad for most anyone to end their life this way, the case for cause and effect you put forth is just ridiculous. Do you have data that says it was cuts in services that were responsible for this incident? Maybe if politicians were not so busy giving services to illegals then these services you say were cut would still be in place for legal Americans!

Since: Sep 08

Mills River, NC

#12 Apr 20, 2009
Suicide is no greater "sin" than sex outside of marriage, drunks, spouse abuse, gluttony,etc. Yes, the medical system is not working for society as a whole and Yes, so called Socialized Medicine can and does work. Let's Nationalize the healthcare systems. They have failed the US Citizen.
Kweshunater

United States

#15 Apr 20, 2009
How sad. Suicide is the problem that we don't talk about much. Bless this woman and her family and friends.
susan boyer

Chester, SC

#16 Apr 20, 2009
Does anyone know if she was poor or unemployed or had no access to mental health professional services? Who is jumping to conclusions? Professional help can be unsuccessful in some individuals who commit suicide in spite of the help they are receiving. Amazing to me that so many have decided that the system failed this poor woman when they know none of the facts involved. Certainly reveals a certain mindset.
SISTERSEVEN

Lincolnton, NC

#17 Apr 20, 2009
WOW... What was going thru this womans mind that the only answer was to jump off a bridge? My thoughts and prayers are with the family, but I too feel as if suicide is a selfish act... You hurt everyone around you while you no longer have to deal with the pain (here on earth anyway)... I don't necessarily think you go to hell by doing this sin,but I do beleive this is one sin that you cannot ask forgiveness for.. So,so sad!
LOKEL

Weaverville, NC

#18 Apr 20, 2009
what happened to her car?

“I love Asheville!”

Since: Mar 09

Fairview

#19 Apr 20, 2009
Witness wrote:
<quoted text>
I was actually one of the two witnesses to this tragic event. I too was wondering why WLOS did nothing and I emailed them yesterday afternoon. I got a very nice reply from Holly Headrick indicating they had heard of the even but it was the station's policy not to report on suicides.
i know that one of the witness was on his moped when the lady just like 10 feeet in front of him....he said that she had a picture of her family in one hand and her ID in the other....It truly freaked him out! i can't imagine witnessing something so unexpected! very very sad story....How old was this lady?

“I love Asheville!”

Since: Mar 09

Fairview

#20 Apr 20, 2009
Sorry....as he was riding along on his moped....the lady jumped and landed on the road just right there in front of him !!!
Rose55

United States

#21 Apr 20, 2009
ooops wrote:
I hate to break the news to you, but "access to medical services regardless of income and employment status" went by the wayside with the train wreck called "privatization" (i.e., Mental Health Reform) that was passed in 2001 and initiated in 2004. This legislation made way for the private profiteers who have subsequently destroyed any sibilance of a comprehensive mental health system in NC. Indeed a sad story, but there are literally hundreds just like this that never make the news. You can thank former NC State Senator Steve Metcalf (now a very dignified lobbyist) and Representative Verla Insko for this brilliant piece of legislation. Both were warned time and time again that this kind of tragedy would be the result......
While it is certainly sad for most anyone to end their life this way, the case for cause and effect you put forth is just ridiculous. Do you have data that says it was cuts in services that were responsible for this incident? Maybe if politicians were not so busy giving services to illegals then these services you say were cut would still be in place for legal Americans!
Well said!
1 TAZMAN

Spartanburg, SC

#22 Apr 20, 2009
LOKEL wrote:
what happened to her car?
The city will impound it and sell it! Like the theives they are.

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