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Golden Gate Bridge Sees A Record 46 People Commit Suicide In 2013! Is This Controversial Safety Net The Answer For How To Save Lives?

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Last year was the deadliest year ever for suicides occurring on San Francisco’s famed Golden Gate bridge with a record 46 people jumping into the bay below.

The landmark has long been considered one of the most popular places for those seeking to end their lives, earning it its nickname, “The Suicide Magnet”!

Unlike other notorious suicide locations though, like the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate has no safety feature that prevents people from killing themselves along the bridge’s 1.7 mile span.

But that might soon change…

Officials will soon vote on whether to install a stainless steel netting system 20 feet below that would catch any and all jumpers who tried to leap off the side.

Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Well, not exactly. Some say that at a cost of $66 million to install, the project is simply too expensive.

Even if it means saving DOZENS of lives??

Dayna Whitmer, a board member with the Bridge Rail Foundation says the time is NOW to get this net built. She shared her frustrations, saying:

"I know it won't be built soon, and that's the most frustrating thing about this. We hate to see any more 17-year-olds jump or 86-year-olds jump, it's just not right."

Aside from the cost of the safety net, the aesthetics of the structure also has many in the city wondering if they want this put up. The iconic bridge would no doubt have a different look to it if the installation was to go forward.

But is an eye sore really reason to not construct something that could potentially save someone’s life?

For now, city law enforcement officials plan to continue to cut down on suicides by having around the clock monitoring by police on the bridge. At any given time, two to four officers are supposedly patrolling sidewalks on bikes.

We’re sure that their presence is preventing some suicides, but what about the 46 people that managed to jump last year?

Something HAS to be done!

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30 comments to “Golden Gate Bridge Sees A Record 46 People Commit Suicide In 2013! Is This Controversial Safety Net The Answer For How To Save Lives?”

  1. 1

    "Even if it means saving DOZENS of lives??"
    I don't really see how it will save their lives. If they are determined to commit suicide, then they will just find another way.

  2. Jordy says – reply to this


    These people are jumping on their own. If they can't jump off the bridge they will just find another way to kill themselves. A safety net won't stop them. This is the silliest thing I've ever heard of. People with suicidal thoughts need therapy not a net. To spend this amount of money on such a stupid thing is ridiculous. I hope this doesn't happen.

  3. nfff says – reply to this


    It should be someones their right to jump if they want. A safety net will not save lives. It will just make people kill themselves somewhere else. They might as well do it at the bridge. Since that seems to be the hip place to do it. It is better that they do it at the bridge then jump off a building and possibly hit someone on the way down.

  4. Nate says – reply to this


    You think it'll be this big ugly eyesore, but really no. You won't even notice it unless you look for it.

  5. Nina says – reply to this


    I live in sf and have NEVER seen officers on bikes patrolling the bridge

  6. Kali says – reply to this


    $66 million is not going to save lives.. if people want to commit suicide they will commit it one way or another. #goldengate #mentalillness

  7. Dr. Remulak says – reply to this


    $66 Million? That's what happens when you only let a handful of companies work on bridges. It's corruption, they have no competition so they can charge whatever they want. Only in capitalist America.

  8. 8

    This is a really sad situation. I learned about this in my psych class. They will need to create some kind of safety feature. :( So disturbing and sad.

  9. saradee says – reply to this


    Re: nfff – It should be their right?? Seriously? You do realize that people have to waste time and resources on cleaning up after these people, right?

    People who feel the need to end their lives need psychological help…let's focus on providing better care to those suffering from mental illness…$66 million is a lot of money.

  10. MGFunk says – reply to this


    I think its people like us, who want to continue living in this horrible world, witnessing horrible things, contributing to worldwide sickness, death and disease, humans that destroy and ruin everything…..WE need mental. And perhaps we should all meet the bridge and jump hand in hand. If I wasn't such a coward, I'd jump off that bridge. But instead, I'll continue to be a slave to money, and witness how humankind kills everything in its path.

  11. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: MGFunk – Well, go help somebody then. You have always sounded strong. Cheers.

  12. Shaneliz says – reply to this


    Wouldn't people who really want to kill themselves just find another means to do so if they know a safety net will catch them this way????

  13. Jen says – reply to this


    If someone is that desperate to kill themselves, I'm sure they'll find another way. Unfortunately a net there won't stop them. A better use of the $66 million would be to put it towards the mental health field so that services can be provided to those who need them, instead of building a net that may end up deterring only a handful of people.

  14. Lisa says – reply to this


    Re: MJaded

    Not at all. Suicide isn't primarily a matter of determination, but rather impulse. People who attempt suicide but are prevented or otherwise survive are not statistically likely to keep trying until they succeed.

  15. Jennifer says – reply to this


    Yep, spending $66 million on a net is a tad bit freaking ridiculous. Also, don't you think there will be random dumb people jumping into the net for fun?

  16. 16

    While a net would certainly save some lives, especially considering a good portion of suicides aren't preplanned and look for an easy opportunity, 66 million is a lot to spend for it. I think the money would be much better spent paying for a couple of extra cops to patrol the area and the rest into suicide prevention and mental health.

  17. Fanky WAnky Jank says – reply to this


    Why not just legalize assisted suicide? Its stupid that women have the right to kill fetuses but those fetuses dont have the right to kill themselves. If everybody had IQ's over 140, everybody would notice how illogical that is. Some people just dont want to live. They are suffering(for any number of reasons. Intolerable physical Pain perhaps. Mental illness). They want to go. Who are we to stop them. But I dont want them jumping off of bridges because the sight of it can traumatize bystanders unfairly. Should be done in a "Dr of death" environment. I am pro assisted suicide in a private setting. Its wrong to force people to suffer. We dont force our dogs to suffer. We put them down in a clinical setting..

  18. fanky wanky jank says – reply to this


    America is trillions of dollars in debt and has no money. The "ponzi scheme of immigration" (paying off debts by encouraging taxable new immigrants to come to america) isnt working (Its just increasing the number of people on public assistance). Wasting another $66 million is a form of suicide. National suicide. WE CANT AFFORD GOVERNMENTAL WASTE ANYMORE.
    America is BROKE. IN DEBT. BANKRUPT. Putting a net on a bridge wont stop them from buying sleeping pills. What is the IQ of people running our nation? 101? Bring in the 160 IQ brains.

  19. Chere says – reply to this


    If they want to kill themselves they will - why waste taxpayers money constructing a net??

  20. fanky wanky jank says – reply to this


    "thats it. i've had it with this pain. The drugs dont work. I'm going to jump off the bridge. Ok. i've jumped off the bridge. Now to jump off the net". I'd love to see how this net would be designed to inhibit a second jump (the net is worthless otherwise). It would have to be enclosed by some gating that cant be climbed easily. "damn. If i jump off this bridge, I will survive thanks to that net. Guess I'll just have to walk into the water and drown".

  21. 21

    Re: saradee – I completely agree

  22. Fanky Wanky Jank. says – reply to this


    So, I just had the thought: maybe the city is considering putting up the netting to save their own asses? Do they get sued for jumps? If putting up the net in some way reduces the cost of fighting or settling lawsuits, then I'm for it. Lesser of two evils in this catch 22 world.

  23. Fanky Wanky Jank says – reply to this


    Re: saradee – I dont agree. Unless you are going to round up people with mental illness and forcibly throw them in mental institutions (like in the old days)… your plan wont work. Somebody who has decided to kill themselves is going to drive around looking for a bridge not a mental health center. America already has one of the best mental illness systems in the world. How much "More better" can you make it? Far east Asia has a much better "mental health system" than south america has but south america has a far lower suicide rate. Asia has one the highest. A better mental health system doesnt make people less likely to kill themselves, apparently). And not all people who suicide are mentally ill. Some are chronic suffering pain. Morphine aint working for them.

  24. JcmJmm7913 says – reply to this


    I know that this may sound cruel, but spending 66 million dollars to stop someone from killing themselves is just way too much. Taxpayer's money can be utilized for suicide-prevention in a better way than this. I just feel that if people are determined to kill themselves, they will find a way to do it. If it was not this bridge, it would've been a different way.

  25. VicktheTruther says – reply to this


    Perez should be warning young people that anti-depression medication is DANGEROUS and common side effects include suicide. Doctors push these drugs because they are profitable but if they did a study of how many jumpers were on drugs it might be very interesting.

  26. 26

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  27. linda says – reply to this


    the mayor ED lee is brain dead idiot Because of him is hard to do some shoping or visit with out running into the city problems
    Way too many crack heads Begging for money smoking crack right there
    across street from where police is giving some one parking ticket
    hookers every where next to union square area is getting Expensive n Annoying .

  28. Tommy says – reply to this


    Perez so your saying San francisco is the perfect city to commit suicide ???

  29. herBody is Wonderland says – reply to this



  30. This is Hollywood says – reply to this


    I think is before the jump !