Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Golden Gate Bridge and The Suicide Net

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Golden-Gate-Bridge-going-to-get-suicide-nets-5585482.php


One of the more sensitive topics we learn about in health is depression and suicide. 1 in 12 teens have attempted suicide in their lifetime. The Golden Gate Bridge, a popular tourist attraction and the pride of San Francisco, is also an extremely popular spot for those who no longer wish to live. In an effort to combat the rising number of suicides committed on the bridge, a bill was passed allowing a massive, steel net to be built 20 feet below the bridge in an effort to deter/save possible suicides. I, personally, do not think this is the way to prevent suicides. A person who is strongly suicidal will find a way to attempt. I think there are better ways that we could spend this money that can still be put towards suicide prevention. Do you feel this is an effective way to prevent suicides? Why or why not? Do you think there is a better way to prevent suicides among teens and adults? What might you propose?


14 comments:

  1. Personally I think building a steel net can be a way to help reduce the suicide rate, because it gives people another chance to think about their lives before they really actually end their lives. I agree with Jenna about a strongly suicidal person will eventually find a way to commit suicide, so I think people who really are determined about that will do it anyway, no matter there is a net or not. I don't think there is a more efficient way to still try to stop people at the point when they are already standing at the Bridge and ready to jump.

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  2. I believe building the net is a complete waste of tax money and time. Like you stated, the bridge is a major tourist attraction. Tourist are going to look at the bridge with a different view point because instead of seeing the big beautiful bridge, they see this giant net hanging around it. Another reason I believe it's a waste of time is because if someone TRULY wants to end their life, they can just jump off the net. The net might save a few, but not everyone. If anything, dare devils will see it as a challenge to end their lives in a bigger way.

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  3. I believe that the steel net will help to a certain extent because it will cause an obstacle and another step for a suicidal person to think over. Not only that, but it prevents people from actually committing suicide on a highly populated tourist attraction. However I also feel a person would still attempt suicide with or without the net because they might want more people to see in hopes of someone trying to save them and convince them that their life is worth living.

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  4. I agree with most of what has been said; the net has it's good and bad aspects. First off, putting a net there would make people hesitate, since they will not die from the jump. However, I also think that those who truly don't want to live will find another way to kill themselves. Therefore, instead of spending money on building a net under one of the greatest landmarks in California, we should spend money on other methods of suicide prevention, such as places for these people to get the help they need.

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    1. I agree with your method of prevention. There are better ways to use the money, such as funding programs to raise awareness about suicide, as well as using that money to help improve mental health facilities and possibly create public support groups. There are just better ways to use that money.

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  5. I believe that the steel net, like others have said, have both good and bad aspects to it. The good thing about the net, on specifically the Golden Gate Bridge, is that the Bridge is a symbol of San Francisco Pride will no longer be considered the place where people commit suicide. People may rethink their attempt like what Jennifer said, but if they don't, there are plenty of other bridges they can commit suicide on. Like the San Mateo Bridge, they aren't going to put a net on that one because it's not as symbolic as the Golden Gate Bridge. If people want to commit suicide, there are other ways that they would do it if the net on the Golden Gate Bridge stops them.

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  6. I believe that the steel net is obviously not a complete solution to the problem but that it is a good start. I see Jenna's point that if someone really wants to commit suicide that they will be able to find a way. However, in the article, a expert in the field mentioned how statistically if someone is deterred from committing suicide, then they will not try again for at least a while. I think this makes the net useful because within that time the person would be able to get the help that they need. So although funding programs that can help would also be beneficial, I think that the net is also a good start.

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  7. i think that we wont truly know the effects of the nets under the bridge until they are installed and tested. it might cause less people to attempt suicide which is good but from what i interpret it as is that someone can still climb out of the nets and fall where if thats the case then i dont know how effective the nets will be. it might take some time to get use to having those nets under the bridge which takes away from the bridges iconic view that people know and love but it should be a good investment because saving lives is not only honorable and the right thing to do, it can create a peace of mind for people in the community for this major problem is finally solved.

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    1. I agree. We have to try the idea out first. Plus if people see this net it will show them how big suicide is. This net will show people that suicide is a big thing that needs to be stopped.

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  8. I agree for what the cause of the net is there for, but I don't really agree with putting one up because if someone is determined to commit suicide I think they will. I think we should put the funds to a program that helps stop people from committing suicide before it begins. I also agree with what Vince said, we wont really know if the net is going to be a good thing until we actually put it to the test.

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  9. I agree that a steel net isn't going to stop a person who is determined to commit suicide. I also agree with Mia that once tourists see the net under the Golden Gate Bridge, the will see the bridge differently.

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  10. i agree, the steel net can't prevent suicide because there are other places for a person to commit suicide. So the barrier can't eliminate the number of suicide casualties only in Golden Gate Bridge but not around the world.

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  11. I agree also i don't feel that the steel net will prevent them from committing suicide. Once they see the net under the bridge people will start seeing the bridge differently.

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  12. I agree with all of you and i really dont think that this is a strong way at all to prevent suicides because you are completely right, if someone wanted to kill themselves, then they WOULD find a way to do it. This just makes it more out in the open so people know that there is a net to stop them from dying. There are so many different options to take to prevent suicide and this is not the best one at all.

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