People who walk across the Burrard Bridge are weighing in on plans to install suicide prevention fencing.
The fences, as well as crisis phones, are part of the city’s 35-million-dollar plan to upgrade the bridge, which was approved this week.
People on their way to work this morning had this to say:
“It’s a good idea. Because we don’t want anybody to jump off the bridge. This is not going to affect any view. You still can see the view.”
“Probably not as nice as without it, but if you have a problem with people jumping, it might be better.”
Others say they’re not sure whether the fences will work.
“I guess it could be a deterrant initially, but I mean, if you really want to do it, you would just climb it.”
“If someone wants to kill himself, he will find a way.”
“You can’t put money on a human life, but I think in this case, the investment is better spent on things like hotlines, outreach.”
“On the artist’s rendering anyway, it looks like you could climb that. I mean, if someone’s going to commit suicide, they’re going to commit suicide.”
Health advocates, however, who have purshed for the fencing, say many suicides and attempts are impulsive.
The fencing is going to cost 3.5 million dollars.
Just under one suicide was recorded on average over six years on the Burrard Bridge.