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A state-of-the-art suicide barrier built to prevent people from jumping to their deaths on the second most deadly suicide bridge in North America has been 100-per-cent successful in its mission.
In some ways, it has also been a failure, according to a new study.
The Bloor Viaduct suicide barrier, a $6-million feat of engineering that managed to marry heritage preservation and life preservation, has eliminated suicides from a bridge that became notorious for them.
But it hasn't stopped people from jumping to their death: They're just using other locations.
A study to be published in the British Medical Journal Wednesday found that although the barrier stopped people from jumping from the Bloor Viaduct, it didn't lower rates of suicide overall, and it didn't lower the number of suicides by jumping.
"This is the first study to show that when a barrier was put on one bridge, there was an increase in suicides on other bridges in the city," said Mark Sinyor, a resident psychiatrist at Sunnybrook health centre and one of the study's two authors.
The bottom line, he said, is that it's not enough to set up physical barriers in single spots that prove popular for people trying to end their lives: There's a need for comprehensive programs that address mental health and suicidal ideation in the first place.
originally posted by: pikestaff
The suicide barrier should be above the sidewalk, with small enough mesh that it cannot be climbed, much like the mesh around prisons, yes its ugly, so is a body that has just smashed into water, that from that hight, is as solid as concrete.
When your doctor, spouse, and priest all say yes, then you get a ticket to your local suicide booth. ( by which time you think, ' well, just to spite them, I wont')
If a person wants to die, why should we stop them - it is their life.