How do we protect them?

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    Jul 13, 2010 4:11 AM GMT
    I was looking at the news today and a story popped up about an attempted jump on the GoldenGate Bridge. I had no idea people did this....We can help others but fail at doing so.....This is kind of a sad video...It def opens up your eyes a bit to see that life should be valued....so viewer discretion is advised.
    How do we prevent this from happening? Or do we need to take more care with the clinically depressed?
    well the solution was to...

    On October 10, 2008, the Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors voted 14 to 1 to install a plastic-covered stainless-steel net below the bridge as a suicide deterrent. The net will extend 20 feet (6 m) on either side of the bridge and is expected to cost $40–50 million to complete.[53][54] However, lack of funding could delay the net's construction.[55]

    this has not been done to date and every week its estimated that 2 individuals commit suicide by jumping.

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  • silverfox

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    Jul 13, 2010 4:16 AM GMT
    omg that is the most depressing thing I have ever seen.

    Makes me want to...jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.
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    Jul 13, 2010 4:20 AM GMT
    Securing the bridge is treating a symptom - not going after the problem. Hopeless individuals suffering from depression will continue to kill themselves in the absence of a bridge or cliff. The real solution is better treatment for depression and mental illness. It seems the mental health field is consistently under funded because a stigma against sufferers remains. If you don't believe me, ask yourself how many times you've seen a PSA, commercial, or fundraiser for mental illness. How many times have you seen one for cancer?
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    Jul 13, 2010 4:23 AM GMT
    Yeah, I think I read somewhere that the Golden Gate Bridge is the most popular suicide spot. I'm not sure a net would change anything. I mean, 20 feet isn't much. All they need to do is pick a windy day and let the wind carry them past the net.
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    Jul 13, 2010 5:38 AM GMT
    That video is insane.

  • Iluros

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    Jul 13, 2010 5:52 AM GMT
    Pianist saidSecuring the bridge is treating a symptom - not going after the problem. Hopeless individuals suffering from depression will continue to kill themselves in the absence of a bridge or cliff. The real solution is better treatment for depression and mental illness. It seems the mental health field is consistently under funded because a stigma against sufferers remains. If you don't believe me, ask yourself how many times you've seen a PSA, commercial, or fundraiser for mental illness. How many times have you seen one for cancer?


    I concur.

    Though I'm sure the people wanting the net don't actually care about stopping suicides. They just don't want people committing suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge...