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Our mission is to prevent suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge and advocate for restricting access to all means of suicide.
May 2020 Newsletter
2020 Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Statistics
Confirmed suicides through April: 8
Unconfirmed suicides through April: 1
Interventions through April: 58
Suicides & interventions through April: 67

Source: Golden Gate Bridge District
2019 Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Statistics
Confirmed suicides during the year: 28
Unconfirmed suicides during the year: 2
Interventions during the year: 167
Suicides & interventions during the year: 197

Source: Golden Gate Bridge District
Good News on the Net

According to Denis Mulligan, general manager of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, the company that is making the net for the bridge's suicide deterrent system has reopened, and fabrication is back on track. In addition, the overall contractor has implemented site-specific social distancing protocols to aid in safe installation of the struts used to support the net (right). The coronavirus pandemic has had a negative economic impact on the district, however, which has lost $3 million per week in bridge tolls and transit fares since California's shelter-in-place order began March 17.
Bird Spikes Ineffective

A year ago "bird spikes" were installed on the rails of San Diego's Coronado Bridge in a stop-gap measure to prevent suicides. The thinking was that the spikes, which are in place under the eaves of Caltrans bridges to keep birds from roosting, would make it harder for people to climb over the railing. That hasn't been the case, however. From 2012 to 2018 there were 12 to 19 suicides per year from the Coronado Bridge. In 2019, after the spikes were installed, there were 15 suicides.  All the spikes are doing is forcing suicidal people to jump quickly since they no longer can sit on the railing to contemplate what they are about to do.
Suicide Conference Delayed

Plans for the Suicide Prevention Conference in Santa Clara County next month have been put on hold because of COVID-19. The event may be rescheduled for September, which is suicide prevention month, if the virus is under control by then. Bridge Rail Foundation had planned a special panel for the event focused on bridge and rail system suicides. Santa Clara County has had an ongoing problem with train suicides, and also had had the third highest number of suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge, trailing only San Francisco and Marin counties.
Memorial Vandalized

A bench in Marin County that was created by a friend of Casey Brooks, a 17-year girl who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008, has been vandalized twice in recent months with spray paint. The bench is in a public area, with a popular vista that was a favorite of Casey's. It is visited several times a year by her parents, John and Erika Brooks (the photo at right is of Erika placing flowers on it). Police believe that the vandalism isn't related to Casey's death; nevertheless, it has been emotionally devastating to her parents. 
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