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The unnamed woman attempted suicide at Brickell hotel sparks concern

Another attempted suicide at Brickell sparks concerns about the city's mental health measures

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of reported suicides and attempts at suicide at Miami's posh hotels and upscale apartment buildings. Reports have come in from high-rises like the W Hotel, Epic Hotel, SLS Brickell, Brickell City Centre, and the 500 Brickell Condominium.

One such incident happened on February 8, when an unidentified woman was seen standing at the edge of a Brickell hotel balcony. Officials arrived at the scene, and a section of Brickell Avenue was closed off to rescue the woman.

Here's what went down during the attempted suicide at Brickell Avenue:

About the alarming incident at Brickell Avenue

An unidentified woman attempted suicide at Brickell in the W Hotel in Miami, creating chaos throughout the morning commute on I-95 from SR 112 and throughout Brickell and Downtown Miami. In anticipation of a possible leap, emergency personnel blocked off a section of Brickell Avenue and placed a massive inflatable barrier before the W Hotel. Eventually, after a 6-hour confrontation that left most of Downtown and Brickell in limbo, police convinced the woman to reconsider her decision and not jump.

Shot of the building from the top

The need for mental health awareness in Miami

The sad reality is that these incidents are not uncommon. Also disturbing is the general lack of attention given to these kinds of events in the media. Media outlets might avoid covering these incidents as they are afraid of sensationalizing them and causing others to follow suit. It does, however, raise doubts about the sincerity with which Miami's press outlets and political leaders treat the very real and severe mental health problems that plague the city.

It's time we started keeping an eye out for those who may be struggling in our surroundings. If you or someone you know is in crisis and could use some help, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988-SUICIDE, the Crisis Textline at 741741, or 211 Miami. Or talk to someone you trust, such as a family member, close friend, or doctor.

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