Where are they now? A follow-up study of suicide attempters from the Golden Gate Bridge

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 1978 Winter;8(4):203-16.


The Golden Gate Bridge is currently the number one suicide location in the world. From the opening day, May 18, 1937 to April 1, 1978, there have been 625 officially reported suicide deaths and perhaps more than 200 others which have gone unseen and unreported. Proposals for the construction of a hardware antisuicide barrier have been challenged with the untested contention that "they'll just go someplace else." This research tests the contention by describing and evaluating the long-term mortality experience of the 515 persons who had attempted suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge but were restrained, from the opening day through the year 1971 plus a comparison group of 184 persons who made nonbridge suicide attempts during 1956--57 and were treated at the emergency room of a large metropolitan hospital and were also followed through the close of 1971. Results of the followup study are directed toward answering the important question: "Will a person who is prevented from suicide in one location inexorably tend to attempt and commit suicide elsewhere?"

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Adult
  • Aftercare
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • California
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Homicide
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk
  • Sex Ratio
  • Suicide / epidemiology
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide, Attempted*
  • Time Factors