Supervisor introduces resolution to designate ‘Please Don’t Jump Day’

Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, 1,300 people have been officially recorded as having jumped to their deaths. In recent years, more than 30 people committed suicide jumping from the iconic span. There were 31 confirmed suicides in 2009.

On Tuesday, Supervisor David Campos introduced a resolution that supports the founders of a group known as 1-800-SUICIDE who have created an event known as “please don’t jump,” and would recognize Sept. 22 as “Please Don’t Jump Day” to raise awareness about suicide and prevention, and public health solutions, Campos said.

Campos also praised the efforts of his predecessor, now Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, for his tireless efforts to have a suicide barrier installed on the bridge. The resolution urges the Golden Gate Bridge District to “continue its efforts to expeditiously construct a suicide barrier.” Read the latest on the suicide barrier effort here.

“When people die by suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge it takes an enormous toll on surviving families, friends and the community, including rescue workers, hospital staff, coroners and police officers,” the resolution says. “A barrier would reduce suicides by giving individuals something they desperately need — time; time to change their minds, time for someone to intervene and time to seek help.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What a reparations program would look like in The City

‘If there’s any place we can do it, it’s San Francisco’

Officer Joel Babbs at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017 (Bay City News file photo)
The strange and troubling story of Joel Babbs: What it tells us about the SFPD

The bizarre and troubling career of a whistle-blowing San Francisco police officer… Continue reading

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 update at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Gavin Newsom under COVID: The governor dishes on his pandemic life

By Emily Hoeven CalMatters It was strange, after 15 months of watching… Continue reading

People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What Islais Creek tells us about rising sea levels in San Francisco

Islais Creek is an unassuming waterway along San Francisco’s eastern industrial shoreline,… Continue reading

Deputy public defender Chris Garcia outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
As pandemic wanes, SF public defender hopes clients will get ‘their day in court’

Like other attorneys in San Francisco, Deputy Public Defender Chris Garcia has… Continue reading

Most Read