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GWB Suicides Reached Record in 2012

Last year also brought most suicide attempts, report says.

A record 18 people committed suicide last year in jumps from the George Washington Bridge, the New York Post reported Monday. 

The number of attempted suicides also reached its highest level ever, the article said. Law enforcement sources told the Post 43 attempted suicides were reported in 2012. 

Last year's suicides surpassed the 2010 record of 13 deaths, the newspaper reported. 

Port Authority officials reportedly beefed up patrols on the bridge following a series of suicides in May. 

J February 07, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Watch "The Bridge". It's a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge. The filmmaker filmed the bridge for an entire year - catching many suicides and attempts on camera. It also has the stories of those that jumped and their families. There was one kid that jumped and lived. He stated that the moment he let go was the exact moment he realized he wanted to live.
JEZZIE February 08, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Na its easier just to ban guns.....an ignore the real problem
Philomena February 08, 2013 at 10:51 AM
A sad fact...Doesn't matter how many nets are placed around a bridge, when someone is in that dark place in their minds they will find another way to commit suicide other than jumping off a bridge.
Patricia Gilligan February 08, 2013 at 10:55 AM
I think people have to be a little more despondent than that, but you know that, don't you? However, your ill attempt at a joke is sickening. If it were a family member of yours see how funny you'd think it is. Disgusting.
Patricia Gilligan February 08, 2013 at 11:04 AM
I don't think it's just mental health. There have always been people with mental health issues, and actually the mental health was worse years ago and suicide is on the rise. I think a large portion of the problem is the economy, people have lost their jobs, their homes, etc. I think it's hopelessness and fear that they feel there's no way out or no hope in sight. Actually, very few "mentally ill" people turn to suicide, unless we count depression as mental illness.
Patricia Gilligan February 08, 2013 at 11:11 AM
J, I heard about that movie. I saw a documentary with people who jumped from buildings and bridges and survived. They all said, "the moment they jumped they regretted it." What a horrible, scary, thought. I'd would have thought you'd go into shock and not be able to think at all, but it's not the case. Man, what a horrible way to go.
jimmyjack February 08, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Why doesen' the great white hope---- Mayor Blomberg donate some of his millions of dollars towards the GWB and do some good for NY.
Dee February 08, 2013 at 12:31 PM
So VERY true!
Dee February 08, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Wow! Where can I find this film?
Joaniejaye February 08, 2013 at 01:12 PM
If it was not for the grace of God and the fact that I have to see God's face, I would have done the same. Some of the churches that I go to, are only there for the money. Because I am from the Island, I am treated like nothing. I am a citizen of the United States of America but the Christians in the church almost drove me to do the same. I love my life and want to see God's face. I want to have peace with Him forever and I also want to see my children make it through in life. That is why I am here today.
Roxana February 08, 2013 at 01:34 PM
I truly believe that something needs to be done in this country. Because a kid is 18 a parent cant get them help. Privacy laws!!!!well government you kow what you can do with these so called privacy laws???mental illness is real and not much is being done. We live in a stressful world why is there nothing can be done????
Priscilla Butcher February 08, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Lean not on the arm of flesh. The church will let you down every time. Always think of how your death would affect your children and never forget the love, hope, and grace that God gives you!
Priscilla Butcher February 08, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I'm mental ill and you did offend me with your "light" of the situation. Way I see it sometimes you have to laugh in order not to cry. My family calls me "fruit loop".. lol
Priscilla Butcher February 08, 2013 at 01:44 PM
If a person wants to kill themselves then they will find a way... A net may help people from falling as an accident.
John Casy February 08, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Joe don't waist money on so call mental health treatments. ALL women have mental problems to one degree or another. So call mental health treatments are the number one scam DRs have.making $$$ for nothing.
Patty February 08, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Hi Joaniejaye, I'm Patty. Your comment has me a little more than concerned. If you find yourself considering suicide, there is a hotline you can call. Google it for your area. I get angry at self-proclaimed christians who snub or mistreat others and I call them out in front of their peers. That's a good way to keep them from hurting you. If they are doing it to you, they are doing it to others. Go on FaceBook and search for people from your island. Connect with them in your city or county and ask about a loving church. Islanders need a small community of friends such as a church so you are not alone. Living just for your kids is not the answer. Think about being a strong, independent and happy role model ! May you walk in his loving light.
OleDad48 February 08, 2013 at 04:06 PM
When a mentally ill person kills with a gun, the Left blames guns. When a mentally ill person jumps off a bridge, not one person blames the bridge. The bridge is no more guilty of the death than the gun -- both are inanimate objects. People kill, and people kill themselves. The obsessive self-love and self-pleasuring generated in the "God-is-dead freedom" days of the 1960s is now bearing the fruit of self-hate and despair. Death is the result. Such a tragedy, and it is becoming systemic in American culture.
Juanita Felice-Zwaryczuk February 08, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I have learned that if you want to see God's face, look in the mirror. We are all the children of God and therefore, a part of him. Namaste!
wendy e binnie February 08, 2013 at 05:20 PM
the apples are again mixed in with the oranges...the bridge had a purpose to get you from one place to another......guns (especially assault) have no purpose other than to kill.......you, et al must feel guilty for the silly statements being given as excuses to mow down innocents are getting thinner and thinner and worse and worse.
Juanita Felice-Zwaryczuk February 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Bad analogy...The bridge only kills the person who jumps, not everyone who happens to be crossing it at the time.
tom February 08, 2013 at 06:02 PM
the problem is govt. and oppression
tom February 08, 2013 at 06:05 PM
why would anyone kill themselves when they have plenty of money?( how much to cross that bridge?)govt. uses our tax money to build a bridge, then charge us to use it. time for a revolution. LAPD police officer has the right idea. revolution is inevitable.
tom February 08, 2013 at 06:09 PM
states with high govt. presence in our lives. govt. hurts, doesn't help. states with most restrictive gun laws have most gun deaths. we need a revolution so these govt. leeches live in fear, not hard-working citisens.
tom February 08, 2013 at 06:11 PM
18 people on 1 bridge! bridges over 50' high need to be shut down, and made illegal. .....sorry, i was just practicing for a political run.
tom February 08, 2013 at 06:16 PM
most suicide attempts are unsuccessful the 1st time. they try again and again.please don't insult intelligent suicidal people with ur uninformed rhetoric. some people want to die. why is it compassionate to kill an animal in pain, and not a human.?legalize suicide. people have a right to die with dignity. why is a persons right to control their body only apply to killing babies?
momofour February 08, 2013 at 07:27 PM
John Casey, do you have a reality problem, or do you not hear the news?! Think of all the mass killings of innocents we have had in America in the last decade and tell us how many of them were women?
Eliana Landes February 08, 2013 at 07:27 PM
The main reason why many people are comitting suicide is because they don't have God as number one in their lives. So, if you don'rt have Him as number one, there is no hope. He is the only One whom can give us that. When human been understands it, this planet will get better, people will be happy and we'll see a big change in our society and see the numbers of suicide decrese...because if we let God lives in our hearts, then we'll have love, peace, joy and happyness! I can tell you by my own experience. I went thru sooo much in my life and had more then enough reason to commit a suicide but, God helped me...because I alowed Him to do so and totally trusted on Him. Have your own experience with Him and you will see what I am talking about! Without Him, we are nothing! I hope our society gets the point! Eliana
tom February 08, 2013 at 08:34 PM
jezzie, not easier to ban guns, just what they want to do. opportunity equals results. they want to ban guns. rep.'s want to end abortion. they both need to get over it. self-righteous killers. ideologues who don't respect the supreme ct. unless it rules in their favor. get over it everyone. people are starving to death, homeless,ect. and u pompous fools live in the past. libs are no more enlightened than conservatives. just more uppity. ur all fools who kill
tom February 08, 2013 at 08:35 PM
gilligan.lol. perfect.
tom February 08, 2013 at 08:39 PM
maybe a police officer on every bridge. maybe every citizen could be assigned a police officer at birth to follow them daily wherever they go. then i could feel safe. cowards. u don't deserve america. if women can choose to kill their babies, why can't they choose to kill themselves?. ..... anyone????

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