Cry for help ignored
“She said, ‘I wasn’t trying to kill myself’ — she actually said that,” [Dr. Robin]Henderson said. “At that point, we’re not seeing intent, and this particular injury was not holdable. If we do, then we’ve got a civil rights violation on our hands.”
In Oregon, two physicians must find people are a danger to themselves or others before they can be put on a five-day psychiatric hold against their will.
Because Powell said she didn’t want to kill herself and told a nurse that she never had a desire to hurt anyone else, St. Charles’ staff couldn’t keep her, Henderson said.
Three days later, Powell committed suicide.