The Coronado Bridge Initiative

One of the most effective ways to prevent injuries is to place a barrier between the person and an object that may cause harm. Whether an air bag, a childproof medicine cap, or four-sided fencing around a swimming pool, restricting access is a proven technique that also can prevent self-harm. Making it more difficult to access a rooftop or to obtain a lethal dose of pills or a loaded gun can “buy time” for the person in crisis, allowing them to change their minds or for someone else to intervene. Studies have shown that adding barriers to bridges in Australia, New York, Washington, D.C., Maine and elsewhere reduced suicides—even though there were other bridges nearby. Suicidal people did not simply find another method; they were able to get help or have their crisis lessen. In San Diego, a group of people want to end suicides from the Coronado Bay Bridge and their first step is to conduct a feasibility study.

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