More young people attempting suicide at Golden Gate Bridge, says district

Young people are increasingly drawn to San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to attempt suicide.

That’s according to officials with the Golden Gate, Highway and Transportation District, who say that since 2000 the number of people under 25 who consider suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge has increased “five-fold.”

In response, the district and its bridge patrol is partnering with the national nonprofit Crisis Text Line to target younger people with suicide prevention outreach.

More details are set to be unveiled on the new prevention measures Friday morning.

The Golden Gate Bridge district recently delayed deadlines for proposals from contractors for the Suicide Deterrent Net Construction Project because its unique nature led to more questions from contractors, according to the district.

In July, those bids arrived from Oakland-based Shimmick/Danny’s Joint Venture for $142 million, and Pennsylvania-based American Bridge Company for $174 million, according to the district.

There were 33 suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2015, according to the district.

Warning signs someone is contemplating suicide include talking about feeling hopeless or trapped, displaying extreme mood swings or becoming withdrawn, according to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

If someone you know exhibits signs of wanting to commit suicide, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or seek help from a medical professional.

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