A spatial analysis of suicide displacement as at high-risk cliff-based location following installation of a means restriction initiative

Means restriction interventions are recognised as highly effective for the deterrence of suicide attempts by jumping. While such interventions can lead to significant reductions in suicide, it is unclear whether these reductions represent a displacement effect, whereby individuals are instead choosing to attempt suicide at other nearby locations which offer the same means. The potential […]

High place phenomenon: Prevalence and clinical correlates in two German samples

Background The high place phenomenon, that is, a sudden urge to jump when in a high place, is an experience known to many people, that has rarely been studied. The present study aimed to assess the prevalence of the high place phenomenon in a non-clinical and a clinical German sample. Furthermore, clinical correlates of the […]

Means restriction for the prevention of suicide by jumping (review)

Why is this review important? Jumping from a height is an uncommon but lethal means of suicide. While there is evidence that restricting access to means of suicide is an effective approach for preventing suicides, the evidence for preventing suicide by jumping is not well established. This review therefore aimed to explore the impact restriction of access would have […]

A suicide prevention initiative at a jumping site: A mixed-methods evaluation

Background Gap Park in Sydney, Australia has historically been recognised as a suicide jumping site. In 2010–2011 the Gap Park Masterplan initiative implemented a series of suicide prevention measures. This study applied a mixed-methods design to evaluate the effectiveness of the Masterplan in reducing suicides. Methods Data from the Australian National Coronial Information System (NCIS) […]

A 12-year national study of suicide by jumping from bridges in Norway.

Studies from several countries suggest that erecting fences on bridges more commonly used for suicide by jumping may be an effective way of reducing the risk of suicide by jumping from these bridges. Distribution of suicides by jumping off bridges has not yet been studied on a national level in any country. This study included […]

Do suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge cluster?

Suicides from popular venues (known as “hotspots”) are often publicized and may result in imitation by subsequent suicides that may lead to clustering of the suicides over time. In order to examine whether the suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge showed clustering, data from the 224 suicides during 1999–2009 were analyzed using the Anderson-Darling Test […]

The world without us.


Crisis phones — suicide prevention versus suggestion/contagion effects: Skyway Bridge, 1954-2012.

Journal held in CSP Library.

Removing bridge barriers stimulates suicides: an unfortunate natural experiment.


Cracked, not broken.


The gospel according to Josh: A 28-year gentile bar mitzvah

By the time Josh Rivedal turned twenty-five, he thought heÕd have the perfect life, a few years singing on Broadway, followed by a starring role in his own television show. After which, his getaway home in the Hamptons would be featured in Better Homes & Gardens, and his face would grace the cover of the […]

Chinese workers Foxconned.

The suicide nets are still there. Foxconn, the giant electronics manufacturing subcontractor, installed them in 2010, a year when fourteen workers died after jumping from the ledges and windows of crowded dormitories. In addition to the wide mesh nets, stretched low over the streets of Foxconn’s company towns, the corporation has twenty-four-hour “care centers,” “no […]

Interventions to reduce suicides at suicide hotspots: A systematic review.

Background: ÔSuicide hotspotsÕ include tall structures (for example, bridges and cliffs), railway tracks, and isolated locations (for example, rural car parks) which offer direct means for suicide or seclusion that prevents intervention. Methods: We searched Medline for studies that could inform the following question: ÔWhat interventions are available to reduce suicides at hotspots, and are […]

Suicide methods in Singapore(2000-2004): Types and associations.


The Bridge


Suicides by Jumping From Iconic Bridges in Hong Kong

This retrospective record-based study examined suicides by jumping from 3 iconic bridges in Hong Kong & explored possible prevention strategies. The majority of suicide victims were male, middle-aged, married or cohabiting, not living alone, employed or self-employed, & in financial difficulty. None of these cases had a reported psychiatric diagnosis or psychiatric care history, & […]

Effect of a Barrier at Bloor Street Viaduct on Suicide Rates in Toronto: Natural Experiment

This study examined whether rates of suicide changed in Toronto after a barrier was erected at the Bloor Street Viaduct. Yearly rates of suicide by jumping remained unchanged in Toronto between the periods before & after the construction of the barrier. A mean of 9.3 suicides occurred annually before the barrier & none after the […]

Preventing Suicide by Jumping From Bridges Owned by the City of Ithaca and by Cornell University. Consultation to Cornell University: “Extended Report”

The authors were asked to consult on both immediate & long-term responses to recent suicides of students who jumped from bridges on or adjacent to the Cornell campus. This extended report includes the key issues conveyed at the consultation meetings & the major findings & recommendations of the consultants. It includes detailed summaries of the […]

Suicide From the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is the number one suicide site in the world. In this clinical case conference, the authors begin by presenting vignettes to capture the diversity of bridge suicide. They then examine the demographic characteristics of those who die by suicide from the bridge as well as the fatal attraction of the Golden […]

The Effects of a Celebrity Suicide on Suicide Rates in Hong Kong

The impact on suicides following the suicide of a famous Hong Kong pop singer was examined. Extensive & often dramatic media coverage resulted. The number of suicides in 2003 before & after the death of the celebrity were compared to the same period in 1998-2002. The case files & suicide notes of people who died […]

Preventing Suicide: Closing the Exits Revisited

This book reviews the research on what has been learned about six specific ways of restricting access to methods of suicide: domestic gas, car exhaust, jumping from bridges & high buildings, jumping in front of trains & subway cars, medications & poisons, & for some countries – not including the United States, firearms.

Effect of Barriers on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, England, on Local Patterns of Suicide: Implications for Prevention

The authors assessed the effect of the installation of barriers on the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol, England, in 1998 on local suicides. Deaths from this bridge halved from 8.2 per year (1994-1998) to 4.0 per year (1999-2003). Although 90% of the suicides were by males, there was no evidence of an increase in male […]

Preventing Suicide by Jumping: the Effect of a Bridge Safety Fence

This study evaluated the effect of a bridge safety fence in preventing suicide. Suicides from jumping off the Memorial Bridge in Augusta, Maine from April 1960-July 2005 were examined. The safety fence was installed during 1983, the mid-point of the study period. 14 suicides were identified; all occurred before installation of the safety fence. The […]