A man using the suicide hotline on the Golden Gate Bridge.
A year after the Golden Gate Bridge saw more suicides than it ever had before, that number has decreased, according to a group devoted to preventing people from taking their own lives on the bridge.
According to The Bridge Rail Foundation, an organization that seeks to “stop the suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge,” 2013’s fatal number dropped in 2014, to 38 suicides last year.
One of those deaths, as previously reported, was 27-year-old Sean Moylan. His grandfather, John Moylan was a former director with the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District and a supporter of the plan to install a suicide barrier on the landmark.
Per the Bridge Rail Foundation, 161 people were detained last year by bridge patrol staff who believed the detainees posed a risk to themselves. The Bridge Rail foundation says that in 2012, 33 leapt from the bridge to their death. 37 did the same in 2011 and 32 did in 2010.
According to a Reuters report from 2014, “the total number of people who have jumped to their death from the bridge over the years is unknown, largely because of spotty recordkeeping and because the bodies of some who jump are never recovered.” Most estimates suggest that somewhere between 1600-2100 have leapt to their death from the GGB since its construction in 1937.
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board OKed a $76 million suicide net funding plan in June of 2014. Though construction on the net, which is intended to catch jumpers after they leap, has yet to begin, bridge officials told the Chron Tuesday that it will be up and running some time in 2019.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.