It’s the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge - and 75 years of suicides from the bridge as well. We will not forget the 1,558 lives lost during this time and will ensure others who join the Bridge celebration know of these deaths as well.
Please join us-- here is what we have planned:
Amphitheater at the far west end of Crissy Field
Near the Warming Hut
Presidio of San Francisco
11 AM to 5 PM
We will have a daylong display of shoes to commemorate lives lost to suicide at the Bridge. The shoes in our display represent people from every walk of life and will once again be anchored by a pair of WWI US Army boots to memorialize Harold Wobber, the Vet who was the first known jumper from the span.
Individual memorials with shoes of lost loved ones donated by surviving families will be included as well.
The display will also feature chalk outlines of shoes, to remember the many lost to suicide whose bodies were never recovered; likewise, still others whose suicide was never recorded or recognized.
In addition to the display, Bridge Rail Foundation Volunteers will be present to guide visitors thru the exhibit. Our volunteers will be trained on the history of this ongoing tragedy. They are prepared to answer questions and update concerned individuals on the effort to build a suicide deterrent net on the GGB.
Also joining us will be parents who have lost children to the Bridge, others who have witnessed bridge suicides, survivors of bridge suicide attempts and authors, journalists, academics and artists who have chronicled this tragedy on film, in print and online.
Bridge Rail Foundation is not alone in this effort. We are proud to recognize our primary co-sponsor:
Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California
and the following sponsoring organizations:
San Francisco Orchid Society
Contra Costa Crisis Center
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
San Francisco Suicide Prevention
StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center of San Mateo County
Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling of Marin