Skip to comments.Signs Along Pasadena Bridge Aimed At Curbing Suicides
Posted on 06/21/2013 2:46:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin
PASADENA (CBSLA.com) The city of Pasadena is set to display signs of life literally at a bridge where 13 people have committed suicide since 2006.
Built in 1912, the Colorado Street Bridge eventually acquired the name Suicide Bridge after over 150 people plunged 150 feet to the ground below since 1919.
Nearly half of those suicides on the bridge just off the eastbound 134 Freeway are reported to have occurred during the Great Depression from 1933 to 1937, according to city officials.
Now the city is planning to place four metal signs two at either end of the bridge with hopeful messages such as Life Is Worth Living and the phone number for a suicide prevention hotline.
The 12″ x 18″ signs are aimed at discouraging potential suicide candidates, who according to city estimates are 69 percent male, an average 38 years old, and 46 percent of which are either White or Hispanic.
Dr. Paula Clayton, medical director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that while the campaign has good intentions, its effectiveness is very much in doubt.
Its a nice first step but the Golden Gate Bridge does have signs, and yet it hasnt changed the rate of people dying by jumping from that bridge, so its doubtful, Clayton said.
The move comes as the Colorado Street Bridge is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary on Saturday with Happy Birthday Pasadena: Celebrating Bridges, a festival open to the public that will feature the Mayor and other city officials, along with arts & crafts workshops, storytelling for kids, live music and other activities.
The signs are due to go up on the bridge by August.
May as well paint a bullseye on the ground for all the good it will do.
I remember we had ie my dad had a boat in wilmington ca and we always monitored 2182 and they had a jumper on the Vincent Thomas bridge I took my lil skiff out and sure enough he did heee beeee jeeeee beeeees
Just make it illegal to jump off the bridge. Works for guns.
Those with the will, will jump anyway.
Post signs outside Planned Parenthood.
I think a face palm would be appropriate.
I wouldn’t want a lot of time to think about whether I’d made the right decision.....
It’s already illegal to jump off the bridge.
More than likely.
“Cleveland: We’re not Detroit!”
Awhile back some people in SF wanted to spend millions of dollars on the golden gate bridge for a fence so people couldn’t jump. Meanwhile, they were wanting to raise taxes due to their ongoing budget problems. Enough people let them know that if somebody really wanted to off themself, a fence wasn’t going to stop them.
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