$5 million band- aid
In Seattle, officials have already installed signs and an emergency phone on the Aurora Bridge which averages four suicides each year. City officials are considering adding $5 million of fencing to make it more difficult for people to jump.
Deterrents such as fencing and signs are fine, but do little to help the person who has a severe mental illness and is suicidal. Better to tear down real barriers to treatment. This “solution” is a band-aid that doesn’t even begin to touch the much deeper issues of treatment for severe mental illness.
A $5 million fence is an awfully expensive band-aid.