The Golden Gate Bridge was opened 80 years ago, and since then, more than 1,500 people have committed suicide by jumping off. That’s an average of almost 19 people a year.
Last year alone there were 39 suicide jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge, and officers stopped another 184 people who were trying.
So this is definitely good news: San Francisco is trying to do something about it.
On Thursday, construction started on a NET about 20 feet down that should catch anyone who jumps off. It will cost $200 million of federal, state, and local taxes and should be finished within four years.
And yes, it’s worth it to save all those lives. A study out of Harvard found that nine out of 10 people who try to commit suicide and fail do NOT try to kill themselves again.