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A Life Saving Addition to the Golden Gate Bridge

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Did you know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States? Did you know that for every suicide there are 25 attempts? Suicide is a major problem that has been around for years. Teenagers, children, adults, and the elderly are all possible victims to suicide. In California, nearly 1700 people have jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge since it was built in 1937. Suicide prevention centers and many other organizations are coming together in order to build a safety net under the bridge in order to save lives.

The construction of the safety net will begin in May 2017. Crew members will begin by putting fencing along the approaches and tower legs. The construction of the actual net will not begin until 2018. The process of building the net will be long and hard, but in the long run, it will have been worth it. The safety net will be made out of stainless steel. Construction of the safety net will not be completed until 2021, according to the Golden Gate Bridge, Transportation and Highway District. The net will extend 20 feet out on both sides, which are 1.7 miles long.

This image was taken from AFSP. The blue line represents the national average. The green line represents Indiana. The red line represents California.

According to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), California is below the national average for death by suicide per year. In comparison, Indiana is above the national average.

The safety net will cost $211 million and will be funded by state mental health provisions, transportation companies, and private donations. Madeline Holcombe, a reporter for CNN, said “It sounds like a high price, but for suicide prevention it can have a big impact.”

The safety net will be a huge project, but it will save many lives. Senator Dianne Feinstein said 39 people died just last year from jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is 746 feet tall.

In a 1978 Sieden study, researchers found that out of all the people who were stopped from jumping, 90% of them did not commit suicide later.

Even though persons of any age can be victims of suicide, the most common ages for those to commit suicide is between 45 and 64 and 85 or older, according to AFSP. Younger groups of people, less than 20 years of age, have the lowest suicide rate out of all the age groups.

The addition of the safety net to the Golden Gate Bridge is going to be life changing. With the outrageously high suicide rates, any kind of prevention will be helpful. The safety net construction is going to be a long, expensive process, but at the end of the day, it will end up saving more lives that could have been lost.

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2 Responses to “A Life Saving Addition to the Golden Gate Bridge”

  1. Lucy Wagoner on April 26th, 2017 1:08 pm

    This is a great article! It is good to hear the state has invested in such an amazing project. Thanks for sharing! Good job!

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  2. Colin Hatton on May 11th, 2017 11:02 am

    It’s interesting that they’re doing the safety net thing. It almost takes away part of the bridges identity, but for the better.

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