Protecting bridges and high buildings in suicide prevention

Annette Beautrais and Sheree Gibb

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

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ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Protecting bridges and high buildings in suicide prevention

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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.

Chapter.  4274 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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