Coronado Times: Bridge Suicide Deterrent Meeting Draws Huge Crowd

Saturday, August 12, 2017

As excerpted from the Coronado Times:

Mayor Richard Bailey stood in front of rows of crosses planted in the grass outside the Coronado Library’s Winn Room. Each cross represented one of the 400 people who have committed suicide by leaping off the San Diego-Coronado bridge since it opened in 1969. The number per year has been rising and is expected to rise more. There have been 16 suicides this year already. There were 17 last year. The loss of life and related bridge closings have taken their toll.

The rally was held ahead of a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) open house on suicide deterrents. This was the second such event the agency held. The first was held the previous night, on August 9, in Barrio Logan. Both the Barrio Logan and the Coronado communities are touched by the bridge and have experienced bridge related tragedies.

Assemblyman Todd Gloria, who attended the workshop, also pledged his support. “This is part of a larger mental health crisis,” he said. He views stopping bridge suicide as an important step in addressing the problem.