The Golden Gate Bridge Suicides
Filmmaker Eric Steel was shocked when he first read that an average of 20 people kill themselves by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge every year. He was also amazed by the lack of effort to prevent these suicides. "Most bridges where, or high places, if it’s high enough that it would be a fatal fall, have put up suicide barriers precisely for this reason," Steel said. He was equally amazed by bridge officials’ response to the suicides. At other tall, iconic structures that had become "suicide magnets," barriers had been constructed to prevent access to areas where people could jump.