Posts Tagged ‘preventing bridge suicide’

golden-gate-bridge-picture-2USA Today (10/12, Welsh) reports that California’s the Cold Spring Canyon Bridge “is one of several bridges around the country known as places where people choose to end their lives in a final leap and where efforts are underway — sometimes against strong local opposition — to install fences, nets, or other physical barriers to stop jumpers.” For example, “an average of two people a month jump to their deaths” from the “Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, often called the No. 1 suicide site in the world.” Now, “after decades of debate, local authorities have agreed to install a steel net 20 feet below the 1.7 mile long span.” Notably, “a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry” found that “barriers at bridges in four cities…reduced suicides” without diverting suicide activity to other nearby places.

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