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Resources - Aurora Bridge Fence Project

Crisis hotlines

Crisis Clinic, King County
Immediate, confidential assistance for people in emotional distress and in need of help.  206-461-3222 or toll-free 866-427-4747.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area.

Seattle Friends

This local non-profit is dedicated to eliminating suicides from the Aurora Bridge.

What other areas are doing

Efforts to prevent suicide attempts from bridges and structures around the world have included:

  • Fences, nets and other physical barriers
  • Security patrols
  • Surveillance camera monitoring
  • Pedestrian prohibitions
  • Phones with access to crisis hotlines
  • Signs

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
On September 22, 2006, the Golden Gate District hired consultants to develop a new suicide deterrent system. Work is underway, including wind tunnel testing, research for required environmental documents and public outreach.

Bloor Street Viaduct, Toronto, Ontario, Canada   
The city installed a barrier, called the luminious veil, to help prevent suicide attempts from the bridge.

Duke Ellington Bridge, Washington, D.C.
The Duke Ellington bridge was built in 1935 in the neo-classical style.  Suicide leaps from the bridge prompted the installation of security fencing.  Some feel the fencing obscures the view of Rock Creek Park.

Suicide and news reporting

American Association of Suicidology
Founded in 1968, the American Association of Suicidology promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, they serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. Membership includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide and a variety of others who have an interest in suicide prevention.  See their information about suicide contagion and safe suicide reporting (pdf 62kb).

Recommendations for Media Coverage of Suicides
Research indicates that media reports of suicide contribute to suicide contagion. In response to this evidence, the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Office of the Surgeon General, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, the World Health Organization and other national and international agencies have released recommendations for media coverage of suicide.