The following news snippet was taken from the Seattle P.I. news paper earlier this month:
City hopes to dissuade suicidal jumpers
Crisis information signs, call boxes will be installed along Aurora Bridge
...Apparently, it's also getting to Seattle, state and law enforcement officials, including the state Department of Transportation chief who recently made the Aurora Bridge jumper problem a top priority. While plans for a high fence or catch net have been shelved for now, one short-term proposal is moving forward.
Within the next two months, the Seattle Department of Transportation is expected to install four suicide-crisis call boxes on the Aurora Bridge along with signs reading, "Suicidal? 24 hour crisis line: (206) 461-3222." The Ship Canal Bridge, with far lower rates of jumpers, initially won't see any similar additions.
"We're aware of the number of suicides on the Aurora Bridge," said Marianne Bichsel, Mayor Greg Nickels' spokeswoman. "We've been talking about what the city can do. We really wanted to step up our effort with signs and phones."
Y'all know my back ground in Mental Health/Mental Health Law, so I feel I can say, "Doesn't the idea of the message for these signs ring of a 'Got Milk?' commercial???
Oh, yeah...and what good does it do to talk a suicidal person off a 15 story bridge if you've allocated NO MONEY for mental health follow up and treatment and continue TO CUT current spenditures for Mental Health services???...seems like a pretty big leap of faith to me. And, of course, I'M JUST SAYIN'...