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Monday, July 14, 2014

Suicide Net

Last year 46 leapt to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge.  Last month the relevant government district approved a funding plan for a $76 million suicide net.story

Is the net likely to save lives?  There are reasons to be skeptical: there are plenty of other places to jump from in and around San Francisco.  And there are other ways to commit suicide---firearms being the most common and most deadly. 

On the other hand, the research on suicide suggests that the net probably will save some lives.research  Most suicide attempts are impulsive.  Erecting any hurdle may deter the attempt.  No other structure in San Francisco is as attractive as the Golden Gate Bridge, where there have been an estimated 1,600 suicides.story  And switching to a gun in California is relatively difficult: there is a 10-day waiting period to purchase a firearm.  Most suicidal crises pass more quickly than this.

Posted by Fredrick Vars on July 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM | Permalink


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