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.”