Effect of barriers on the Clifton suspension bridge, England, on local patterns of suicide: implications for prevention

O Bennewith, N Nowers, DJ Gunnell

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Abstract

We assessed the effect of the installation of barriers on the Clifton suspension bridge, Bristol, England, in 1998 on local suicides by jumping. Deaths from this bridge halved from 8.2 per year (1994–1998) to 4.0 per year (1999–2003; P=0.008). Although 90% of the suicides from the bridge were by males, there was no evidence of an increase in male suicide by jumping from other sites in the Bristol area after the erection of the barriers. This study provides evidence for the effectiveness of barriers on bridges in preventing site-specific suicides and suicides by jumping overall in the surrounding area.
Translated title of the contributionEffect of barriers on the Clifton suspension bridge, England, on local patterns of suicide: implications for prevention
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266 - 267
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume190 (3)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists

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