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Golden Gate Suicide Net May Give Jumpers a Second Chance

Golden Gate Suicide Net May Give Jumpers a Second Chance

View of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 08 January 2018 11:52 AM

A Golden Gate suicide net, advocated by many of those who lost 1,700 relatives and friends to the bridge since its opening in 1937, should be in place by 2021 at a cost of $200 million.

Suicide-prevention advocates said they hope the barrier will make a difference, CBS News reported, adding that in 2017 alone, 39 people had jumped from the bridge into San Francisco Bay.

The bridge has been a magnet through the years for people from around the world who want to take their lives.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that construction has already started on the stainless steel mesh net approximately 20 feet below the almost two-mile span of the structure.

"We care enough about you so that when you're not looking out for yourself we're letting you know we care," said Erika Brooks, whose daughter Casey Brooks committed suicide by jumping off the bridge, per CBS News.

Kevin Hines, who had jumped from the bridge in a suicide attempt and survived the fall, said he was an advocate for the net.

"I walked back toward the traffic railing, I ran forward and I catapulted myself over the rail," Hines told CBS News. "(I realized it was a mistake) the millisecond my hands left the rail and I was in freefall, which I thought was too late."

John Brooks, Casey Brooks' father, told CBS News the net can save those who make impulse decisions.

"What we've learned about suicide is that in a lot of cases, it can be very impulsive," he told CBS News. "Yet, if you are prevented from acting on that impulse, the chances are very, very good that you won't have a recurrence."

A 1978 study showed that 90 percent of 515 people who were stopped from suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge did not die from suicide later, CBS said.

The Bridgewatch Angels, a group of volunteers who attempt to persuade people from jumping off the bridge, walk the span to help thwart potential suicides, the Chronicle said, and 230 people were stopped from jumping off the bridge in 2017.

"We have done so many interventions for them," Bridgewatch founder Mia Munayer told the Chronicle about their assistance to two dozen patrol officers who monitor the bridge to help prevent suicides. "We just did two on Thanksgiving and one on Christmas Day."

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A Golden Gate suicide net, advocated by many of those who lost 1,700 relatives and friends to the bridge since its opening in 1937, should be in place by 2021 at a cost of $200 million.
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