Having just finished watching The BridgeÂ (a 2006 documentary chronicling the stories of those who committed suicide at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge throughout 2004),Â I came online in search of Jumpersâ€”the article that inspired the film with its comprehensive look at suicide at the bridge.
Both the documentary and the article pose some difficult questions but are also packed full of facts and figures about the bridge, those who work there, and those who have and haven’t survived the fall. If you have a passing interest in the phenomenon that is suicide, they’re both worth your time.
Not-so-fun fact: The Golden Gate Bridge is the most popular place to commit suicide in the United States with an average of one suicide every 15 days. Depending on your source, the bridge is notâ€”contrary to popular beliefâ€”the most popular place to commit suicide in the world: that ‘honour’ goes to Aokigahara, Japan (‘The Sea of Trees’ at the base of Mount Fuji).