10 Suicide Bridges People Are Most Likely to Jump Off

The bridges, designed and built to provide a passage, often become a way between life and death. High constructions spanning across valleys, rivers and large bodies of waters, draw those who lost their hope. Such fatal places where many decided to took their lives acquired a notorious nickname “ the suicide bridge”.

 

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

Sad statistics: 1,500 deaths, approximately 30 suicides per year

 

By ateliergcj

 

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the USA, is the most popular suicide destination in the world. It was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937. It connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County.

An icon of the city has also become a Mecca for those who want to end their lives. People have been known to travel to San Francisco specifically to jump off the bridge as approximately 75 m (245 feet) above the water is high enough for 98% falls to be fatal.

According to unofficial estimates around 1,500 people jumped into the water from the bridge’s deck.

 

By ateliergcj

 

In 2006 Eric Steel , a filmmaker, released its controversial documentary The Bridge , in which he captured a number of suicide jumps and thwarted attempts.

See an interview with a provocative director Eric Steel.

 

2. The Clifton Suspension Bridge

Sad statistics: 1,000 deaths, approximately 4 suicides per year after new barriers added in 1998

By ktvyeow

 

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the beautiful Avon Gorge, in Bristol, UK, was opened in 1864 and designed for light horse drawn traffic. It still meets the demands of 21st century commuter traffic with 11-12,000 motor vehicles crossing it every day. Unfortunately since its earliest days the bridge has also been attracting those deprived of hope.

 

By Bert Palmer

 

Around 1000 people lost their lives jumping into the water. Among those unfortunate souls was one lucky one – In 1885, a 22-year-old woman named Sarah Ann Henley survived a fall from the bridge when her billowing skirts acted as a parachute, and subsequently lived into her eighties.

 

3. The Aurora Bridge

Sad statistics: over 230 deaths

By .shyam

 

The Aurora Bridge, in Seattle, Washington, 51m (167 ft) above the water, is the second deadliest suicide bridge in the USA. The first suicide occurred in January 1932 before the construction was completed. Since its opening in February 1932, there have been 230 suicide falls. In December 2006, six emergency phones and 18 signs were installed on the bridge to encourage people to seek help instead of jumping.

 

By J. Kraemer

 

4. The Nanjing Bridge

Sad statistics: about 1,000 deaths (unofficial records)

 

By Rescue Dog

 

The Nanjing Bridge over the Yangtze in China is a national symbol for Chinese. After the withdrawal of Soviet experts, following the Sino-Soviet Split, China was thought to be unable to build a bridge on such a scale without outside support. The project was undertaken to prove that Chinese engineers were able to overcome this perceived lack of ability. Unfortunately the bridge also gained a fatal fame of a suicide spot as up to 1,000 people are believed to have died by jumping off it since its completion in 1968.

 

By Rescue Dog

 

However in 2004 one local man began voluntarily patrolling this fatal spot and has persuaded dozens of people not to kill themselves. Chen Si patrolled the bridge over the weekends when he did not have to go to work. He talked to people who seemed depressed. His message was simple "You only have one life, please give yourself a chance. The sun is bound to shine brighter tomorrow”. The BBC reported the story in 2005, but I hope that the man or others like him are still around.

 

5. Netty Jetty Bridge

Sad statistics: about 1,000 deaths (unofficial records)

 

By Umair Moshin

 

According to unofficial statistics, around 200 people jumped from 100-year-old Netty Jetty Bridge in Karachi, Pakistan. The grinding poverty, impatience and intolerance in society are seen as some of the main reasons behind the growing number of suicides in the country. A recent government study found that 4 people in Pakistan commit suicide every day.

 

6. The Nusle Bridge

Sad statistics: about 300 deaths

 

By Ondra Soukup

 

Another magnet for suicides is Nusle Bridge or Nuselsky Most in Prague opened in 1973. The extraordinary structure with metro line inside and six-lane highway on a surface has also become a spot for despaired people. There are no official statistics but the number of deaths is estimated at 300 men. 
Recently new barriers have been constructed along the length of the bridge in order to lessen the number of incidents. The new system has been tested by experienced rock climbers that couldn’t get over the barriers.

 

7. The Coronado Bridge

Sad statistics: about 200 deaths

 

By jarnott

 

The San Diego-Coronado Bridge, locally referred to as the Coronado Bridge, is
crossing over San Diego Bay in the United States, linking San Diego, California with Coronado, California. It is the third deadliest suicide bridge in the USA. Between 1972 and 2000, more than 200 suicides were committed on the bridge. Hard to believe when you look at this romantic shot above.

 

8. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sad statistics: about 100 deaths

 

By Templarion

 

Another unfortunate bridge is Sunshine Skyway, spanning Florida’s Tampa Bay. Around 100 people have committed suicide by jumping from the center span into the waters of Tampa Bay since the opening of the new bridge in 1987 and many more have tried. In fact the number can be much higher. The local authorities have installed six crisis phones and began 24-hour patrols but the total number of jumpers has not significantly declined since the introduction of these safeguards.

 

9.The Prince Edward Viaduct

Sad statistics: over 400 deaths, zero since the construction of Luminous Veil barrier

 

By sssteve.o


When opened in 1918 in Toronto no one thought this majestic construction will become the popular suicide spot.  With over 400 suicides, the Viaduct ranked as the second most fatal standing structure in the world, after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. At its peak in 1997, the suicide rate averaged one person every 22 days.

 

Luminous Veil by jennyrotten

 

This prompted the construction of a suicide barrier called the Luminous Veil . The construction was completed in 2003 and cost $5.5 million.  It is built of 9,000 rods, each 5 metres tall. It spaced 12.7 cm (5 inches) apart and held in place by steel frame. There was no suicide since the construction of the barrier, however, it is not known whether the suicide rate at other bridges in the city has risen, nor whether overall suicide rates have dropped in the city as a direct result of this structure.

 

10. The Jacques Cartier Bridge

Sad statistics: about 140 deaths, approximately 10 suicides per year before new barriers installed in 2004.

 

By nessguide

The Jacques Cartier Bridge is crossing the Saint Lawrence River in from Montreal Island, Montreal, Quebec to the south shore at Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. There are approximately 35.4 million vehicle crossings annually, making it the second busiest bridge in Canada. Unfortunately It is also the second busiest bridge in terms of suicides committed in the country.

In 2004, a suicide prevention barrier was installed. Until then the bridge saw an average of 10 suicides a year.



Comments

  1. To all who feel lost.. you matter. If you think of suicide. Do me one favor. Call 5 people. Ask them what they would say at your funeral. Ask them to recite to you their favorite memory regarding you. Write it down. Recite it to yourself. REMEMBER how many people’s lives are better because YOU are in it.

    Suicide isnt a solution its the end to a temporary problem.

    God Bless xoxo

  2. if I’m gonna do this I would do it in a span of no less than 5 seconds from arriving at a jump site to jumping…wouldn’t want to hold up any traffic from people who don’t give a crap.

    no one cares…

    all my friends left me, i haven’t been able to find a job in a long freaking time and i don’t have health insurance anymore thanks to the affordable care act. 26yo, with massive college debt and no healthcare b/c i’m 26yo. that means no help from anyone so screw everything.

    except for this useful information…plenty of bridges near my area that I could go to instead, and not have to go all the way to the golden gate…although that is alluring.

    see ya wouldn’t miss ya

  3. I can’t believe the things i am reading on here people on this earth actually disgust me ! Iv just read about one guy hating people who take there own life’s or people who try to take there own life’s because it makes him late to work when he’s trying to cross the bridge ! YOU are the devil my friend ! An I hope by your disgusting words karma kills you ! I’m 21 years old and lost my dad last year to sucicide he suffered with depression for 11 years he could of done it sooner but he chose to suffer ! For his family’s sake .. An then one day he had taken his own life !! And I would still to this day tell you he was the most giving , helping hero you would ever come across he’d put anyone before himself and after 56 years he done something for himself !! The pain will never leave mine an my family’s hearts we think an talk about him every day .. Life’s depressing for all of us now . But we understand depression is a serious illness .. But please to anyone who is reading this message and are actually seeking for help . Go and find it please don’t sit back an wait for it make a change today ! Don’t listen to these sad phetic losers who come on here to write nasty things because there messed up in there own little life’s and really are seeking help anyway other wise they wouldn’t be on here !! Helps out there you just need to find it do it for yourselfs and the people who love you x Join my charity CLASP

  4. My decision was made last year and i will follow through when its time. I don’t think about it daily but i don’t see the sense in living in a deteriorated state. I wish i had the choice to die with dignity instead of doing it too soon before im unable to. Outside of that, i dont fear much and i hide my fate very well. I will continue to work my ass off and make sure my family is taken care of. At least 10 more months is my goal and then im free.

  5. Dear people who are going through a really hard time in their lives. The end result of your body when you commit suicide will be disgusting, it will be a pile of splattered brain matter, guts, piss and poop, so do you want to see yourself in that disgusting state when you die. A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t available. Most people who commit suicide don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. So Please kindly seek help, because trust me there will be so many people out there who are sincerely willing to help, so take that sincere help from a professional or a sincere helpful person you trust. Get out of that limbo of living in constant grief and depression. Remember that through a little bit of hardship comes ease, and you will look back in your life and say to yourself that: “Wow, what was i getting myself into back then”. Your life will always go through ups and downs, and the reality is majority of the time in your life has being up. You have only one life, so think the best for yourself and trust me that a brief moment of hardship will soon be a thing of the past. So cherish your life and seek help. Trust me that there are people with far much greater problems in other parts of the world who’ve been stripped off their rights by some tyrant, yet they have the desire to live another extra day.

  6. What about the bridge in Seoul? It has many jumpers too?
    This is just sad and scary for family members and for the people watching.. they should put telephones around the area, so if a person is thinking about jumping.. and if they call it might save a life!! 🙁 RIP to all of them :'(

  7. I’m from south africa and here in the eastern cape, port elizabeth there is a beautiful bridge named the van stadens bridge aka the bridge of death. It is such a beautiful arch bridge it stands at about 150m but I’ve only seen it on pictures… I once passed at the age of 10, I didn’t realise it but as I got older and heard about its reputation, I’ve become so fascinated about it I hope one day I’ll finally be able to see it as I live 450km away from it now and I’m still 18years old… Apparently its claimed 82lives and is the most notorious bridge in south africa or possibly the whole continent! Just thought I should share it with you guys…PS. There’s never a reason to kill yourself. No matter how grim things might seem, always look at the bright side! Fortune favours the brave and if you brave enough to say “f*ck it shit happens I wasn’t the first to experience it and I’m not the last” then fortune and happiness will follow you eventually! Always pray!!

  8. My 2 cents,Im 57 yrs old now my mom died when I was 18 my dad died when I was 20 been broke more times than I can count had a gun shoot in my 20s had a blood clot go threw my lung had brain surgery all in my late 20s had a heart attack at 47 and at 56 I ended up with cancer.In my teens I thought about suicide.as all teens do..I have been married for going on 40 years 2 boys,just think of all I would have missed if I would have capped my self at 16 or died at any of the times death knocked on my door..DEATH WILL COME YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RUSH IT. and you will never know what you missed.

  9. I used to get angry when i would hear of suicide because i thought it was cowardly way out. Im 27 and used to be very athletic I have a neurological condition that is shutting my body down and depleting my vision. I have trouble writing my name. I used to pray and believe in God. i hope there’s a heaven where i can be healthy and reunited with friends and family. Im going to take,my life in roughly .1.5 years so my family gets the life insurance money on me. I will have my debt, will, and my cremation planned and priced out i advance. Everyone has the right to decide in my opinion. I won’t go off a bridge though, pills and a pistol at a, location that is away from friends and family.

  10. I have been suicidal for many years. It’s affecting how I’m able to process information that is intended to be helpful. I am at the end of my rope and cannot find the
    path back to the light. Maybe I am a warnign for others. Please send some light my way.

  11. Pills suck, guns suck, blades suck, jumping sucks. People think they control of living or dying. That’s a joke. If God wants you to live then you will survive. Lots of people survive these attempts, there must be a reason for that. Go swim with angry bullsharks then maybe but even then God will save you and laugh at you when those sharks just swim away

  12. Sometimes u mess up in life so much that jumping seems the only way out of your mistakes. I’ve overdosed about 8 times sometimes with huge quantities of pills even prescription sleep pills and am still alive, don’t want to be, if I jump high enough I hope I would succeed

  13. No bridges for Portland, OR? The most depressing place in N.A.? Where everyone is on anti-depressants and they get more rain than Seattle? That Portland, OR? Where warnings against jumping are posted in multiple locations on EVERY bridge in the city? The Fremont is the most likely, since it is the highest and most easy to jump off of into the Willamette River. I think they need to revisit the list. If they ever make a list of bridges most likely to collapse into a river, that would also be Portland, OR.. The Sellwood bridge is so bad you hold your breath every time you cross it. No tricks allowed.

  14. please tell me what you think. i was having a bad day and thought i would express how i was feeling insted of bottling it all up. so i wrote this.

    My thoughts I feel so cold So tired I feel dead My emotions have escaped me My life so worthless On the brink of death I feel so alone even when I have so many people around So cold not alive I am surrounded in darkness In such a lonely place I have to get these thoughts out of my head Or I will explode or implode I am so tired I don’t want to get up Just curl up away from this world Such horrors of humanity happening all around Such craziness such insanity Just surrounded by the horrors of humanity I feel so cold in this world for the horrors of humanity are drowning me in darkness Can’t find the light in the dark all alone so cold so cold for this world is so cold I beg to be free I beg to be free from this world for it’s so cold and lonely I beg for my release from the horrors of humanity I’m all alone I seek the light but I drown in the darkness help is not coming For people don’t help one another in this cold dark world Just want to be set free I feel so dead but I can’t escape this world I can’t breath I am suffocating in darkness so alone I can’t ask for help Such insomnia such insanity I feel so tired so tired of fighting an endless battle A battle that will never end till my last breath so tired of the battle A never ending battle I wish to be over so much its suffocating me so much. I walk my path alone and scared I just want to breath This world is destroying me its tearing me apart its killing me inside slowly and painfully I am dying every day bit by bit, going insane in this world of terror I open my eyes to this world I shall fight to the end of the day and surrender once again till the next day when I can open my eyes once again. This world I wish this world would stop hurting everyone over petty things Where is the good in humanity gone for all you see is war, suffering and pain Humanity is corrupted by the power they have over others lives All humanity is right now is murder, war, suffering, hatred and pain Where is peace no war where’s love no pain why can’t we live in harmony with each other Why can’t we respect one another’s beliefs why is this world hell bent on destroying itself WHY?

  15. I cant baleve that all these people on here claming that they are going to jump and take thier life thinks this is a funny joke its awful I just recently ran acrosst all this horrible briged jumping stuff and think it is so sad and I chouldnt imagine jumping or seeing somebody do this its awful and rip to anybody that has ever jumpt and I pray for the poor family and friends and strangers that go therw or see it happen … Life is hard and rough but it is beautiful so live for life because it has so much to offer you dont jump!!!!!

  16. how ’bout Vincent Thomas bridge in Long Beach. think about it every day. still here. not sure if that makes me brave or a coward. considering one last long distance trip for a jump. another temptress is the Lion’s Gate in Vancouver. beautiful, yes. and sad. it makes total sense and no sense at all.

  17. I plan to jump off the Foresthill bridge soon. I hate life and look forwrd to an instant death. I have no money for a gun and do not want to cut veins. A 700+ foot fall should kill me on impact. I can’t wait.

  18. Irritated at all the people on here stating good places to go for committing suicide. It is not a joke and should not be encouraged by anyone. You all should be talking these people out of ending their lives. NEVER the opposite. Every life and every heart beat is precious.

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