San Francisco moves closer to a Golden Gate Bridge barrier
’s suicide barrier came one step closer to becoming a reality this Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved 5 million dollars in funding towards the engineering on the suicide barrier. 45 million dollars are needed to actually build the barrier, but barrier proponents are satisfied with the MTC’s decision. The Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors is expected to accept the money when it next meets on August 13th.
The barrier takes the form of a stainless steel cable net that will hang under the bridge, catching any would-be jumpers.
San Francisco’s prized Golden Gate is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, but it is also the world’s number one suicide site, according to the American Journal of Psychiatry, which published the first ever clinical case conference on Golden Gate Bridge suicides in its October 2009 issue.
Crosscurrents interviewed the author of that study, UCSF psychiatrist Anne Fleming, on who jumps, why they jump, and why they choose the Golden Gate. She is a supporter of the barrier.
You can hear that interview here.