Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Who jumps from the Golden Gate Bridge?


More than 1,250 people have leapt to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge in the past 70 years, and a mythology has emerged that they come from all over the world to end their lives at the famous span.

But a report by the Marin County Coroner's Office, which investigates most of the leaps, proves otherwise.

In fact, more than 85 percent of the jumpers are locals, say coroner stats from 1996 to now. The average jumper was a white 41-year-old man. Male suicides outnumber females nearly 3 to 1. And 83 percent of all suicides are white. The youngest was a 14-year-old girl and the oldest was an 84-year-old man.

On average, two people commit suicide every month at the bridge, but right now the suicide rate there is running about three a month.

And three of every four suicides are witnessed by tourists or commuters.

5 comments:

Dick said...

Wonder why the bridge is such a popular venue for suicide.

pkh said...

because of access and low rails

Corey Mitchell said...

Hey Ron,

There is a great documentary out called, no surprise, THE BRIDGE, about suicides from The Golden Gate Bridge. It covers one year of suicides and they actually had cameras trained on the bridge for the entire year. It is quite disturbing to hear the jumpers stories and then to actually see them end it all. Quite tragic. But a fascinating doc nonetheless.

pkh said...

Suicide is an impetuous act – or the act of an ill person lacking the capacity to make a sane decision. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Limiting access to the means of death has proved to dramatically reduce suicides 98% of those stopped never attempt suicide again not just at the Golden Gate but in every instance.
The rails at the Golden Gate Bridge are simply too low and access is too great.
Four people try to die there every week...
and one succeeds meeting a most horrible death.
But as the "Bridge" shows true victims are the loved ones left behind many of which carry terrible emotional scars the rest of their lives...tragically blaming themselves - often trying to also kill themselves out of guilt.
San Franciscans and the people of the Bay Area
are now well aware of the horror taking place almost daily at the Golden Gate and as such have a moral obligation to do something to help end the deaths at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Since 1937 we have been kept in the dark but now via the Internet the facts surrounding death at the Golden Gate Bridge are finally seeing the light of day.
You can help stop the carnage - you can help raise
public awareness you can help raise the rails
For more information see
http://www.bridgerail.org
Thank you

another reader said...

who can say whose problems are "temporary" and who's are not? Some problems may be temporary, however, some people's may be tortuous and ever lasting