Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It is also the most deadly. In 2013, 46 people died jumping off the bridge, the highest one-year total in the bridge's history. More than 100 others were stopped from jumping by Bridge Patrol and California Highway Patrol officers.
Since it opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has been the site of more than 1,600 suicides, making it far and away the top location on the planet for people killing themselves. Unlike the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, St. Peter's Basilica, and other one-time suicide magnets, the Golden Gate Bridge is the only major international landmark without a suicide barrier.
Weaving drama, tragedy, and politics against the backdrop of a world-famous city, The Final Leap is the first book ever written about Golden Gate Bridge suicides. It uncovers the reasons for the design decision that has led to so many deaths, provides insight into the phenomenon of suicide, and examines arguments for and against a suicide barrier. It includes stories of those who have died, the few who have survived, and the many who have been affected—loving families, witnesses, mental health professionals, Bridge Patrol officers who try to talk people down, Coast Guard crews who retrieve the bodies, the coroner who does the autopsies, and others. No one who reads this book will look at the world's largest Art Deco sculpture—the Golden Gate Bridge—the same way again. Order Now.
In 2013, a support group formed for individuals who have lost loved ones to the Golden Gate Bridge. The group, led by two psychiatrist, meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Weyerheuser Room on the second floor of St. Francis Memorial Hospital, 900 Hyde Street (between Pine and Bush streets) in San Francisco. For more information, contact Dr. Ray Zablotny at firstname.lastname@example.org.