Year: 2001 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, v.35, (2001), p.557-562 SIEC No: 20031211

This article examines the impact on suicide rates following the removal of suicide safety barriers from a metropolitan bridge that is a know suicide site. The author finds that removal of safety barriers led to an immediate & substantial increase in both the numbers & rate of suicide by jumping from the bridge in question. Findings appear to strengthen the case for installation of safety barriers at suicide sites in efforts to prevent suicide deaths. (35 refs)