Golden Bridge Installs Suicide Prevention Nets

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    The Facts

    • San Francisco on Wednesday announced that it had finished installing stainless-steel nets along both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge as it looks to prevent people from committing suicide.

    • The nets stretch 1.7 miles along both sides of the iconic bridge, which has seen nearly 2K people jump to their deaths since it was built in 1937. On average, 30 people per year have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge over the last 20 years, but that number was down to 14 in 2023.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    San Francisco has done the right thing. While critics may complain about the cost of the project, there's no price tag on human life. The Golden Gate Bridge has tragically seen nearly 2K people take their lives, and this project was necessary to give people a chance to reconsider suicide and choose to continue living.

    Narrative B

    In typical California fashion, a public project comes years too late, millions of dollars over budget, and not fully complete. While the project is well-intentioned, it's merely a Band-Aid that many psychiatrists doubt will even stop suicides. Of course, a physical net will prevent people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, but it doesn’t do anything to meaningfully help individuals and stop them from committing suicide elsewhere.

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