Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day.
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is a popular suicide location. (Somehow ‘popular’ seems an odd word to use in this case. It is like saying the “No.1 suicide hot spot! Get your tickets now!”)
Other ‘popular’ locations include Japan’s Aokigahara Forest (aka the ‘sea of trees’ and or ‘suicide forest’) and England’s Beachy Head. Suicide is so common in these places that signs are posted urging potential victims to seek help.
The jump from the Golden Gate Bridge is 250 feet. Most victims die from the impact of the body hitting the water which can instantly demolish the central nervous system, transect the spinal cord and rip blood vessels. Not the mention the terror of falling which can cause an immediate heart attack. Even if they make it to the bottom alive, there is always the chance of drowning and shark attacks. Reportedly, only 1% of those who jump survive.
One suicide victim who died jumping off the bridge left a note saying:
“I’m going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.”