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Protecting bridges and high buildings in suicide prevention 

Protecting bridges and high buildings in suicide prevention
Protecting bridges and high buildings in suicide prevention

Annette Beautrais

and Sheree Gibb

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date: 26 May 2022

Suicide by jumping is a relatively uncommon method of suicide in most countries. However, in some places where there is accessible high-rise housing, jumping accounts for a significant proportion of suicides. While, internationally, most suicides by jumping occur from residential housing units, preventive efforts have tended to focus on a relatively small number of sites (often bridges) which have acquired notoriety as sites for suicide. A small number of studies suggest that the installation of safety barriers at these sites is an effective approach to reducing suicides by jumping. The extent to which lessons and principles from these examples may be applied to other jumping sites has yet to be fully explored.

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