PALMDALE — The City extended its condolences to the family and friends of the individual who was found hanged Wednesday at Poncitlán Square.
The cause of death is most likely suicide, pending a toxicology report and the coroner’s autopsy report, officials said.
“My first concern is with this individual, his family members, and anybody else out there in our community who is at wit’s end,” City Manager J.J. Murphy said.
The City has had at least 15 suicides this year. At one point, suicides outpaced the city’s COVID-19 deaths.
“If there are other people I don’t want them to give up hope,” Murphy said Thursday. “We, as a city, we want to provide resources.”
For the past few months, the City has partnered with local mental health experts to host a virtual Mental Health Town Hall every other Monday. It helps residents gain valuable tools to cope with mental health concerns and lean on the peer support of those with knowledge and experience in the field.
The next session will take place 10 a.m. Monday. To participate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and note “Mental Health Town Hall” in the subject line. City staff will then provide you with the meeting information and access code.
The County of Los Angeles also has valuable mental health resources available on its Web site, https://dmh.lacounty.gov/
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing anxiety, depression or needs to talk to someone immediately, call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24-hour hotline at 1-800-854-7711, or text LA to 741741.
“The City remains committed to addressing mental health issues during these difficult times,” Murphy said. “We are in this together.”