PPB video shows a mom’s perspective on a mental health crisis

The Portland Police Bureau released the video below on September 1, in conjunction with a press release (see below). The “video debrief” recounts a successful (non-fatal) mental health intervention, which involved officers from both Portland and Gresham.

Sylvia Zingeser tells the story through her perspective as the mother of the young man in crisis, and Portland police Officer Zachary Zelinka adds to the narrative.


Portland Police Release Video Debrief of Mental Health Crisis Call

Saturday, September 1, 2012 10:31 AM

Recently Portland Police officers, with the help of officers from the Gresham Police Department, assisted a family in need in East Portland. An adult son of a woman who is a member of the Police Bureau’s Crisis Intervention Training Advisory Board called police asking for help with her son, who was suffering from a mental health crisis.

The Portland Police Bureau prepared a short video about the incident which chronicles the incident through the eyes of a mother in distress and an officer who responded to help.

The video can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/EFpclOOSOnY

Everyday Portland Police officers safely resolve encounters with people who are intoxicated, on drugs, suffering from mental illness or are suicidal.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or want help to avoid a crisis we are available to help. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line at (503) 988-4888 or toll-free: 1-800-716-9769.

The Mental Health Call Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a highly-educated, well-trained staff. The Call Center offers: Crisis counseling by phone, with translation services for non-English speakers; 24/7 mobile outreach for in-person crisis assessment; Referral to low-cost or sliding-scale agencies; Help finding mental health or addiction providers, including those with linguistically specific services; and, information about non-crisis community resources.

In emergency situations where you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call 9-1-1.