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»Every two weeks, on average, someone jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge.«
»Almost everyone in the Bay Area knows someone who has jumped, and it is perhaps not surprising that the most common fear among San Franciscans is gephyrophobia, the fear of crossing bridges.«
»"Jumping from the bridge is seen as sure, quick, clean, and available-which is the most potent factor," Dr. Jerome Motto, a local psychiatrist and suicide expert, says. "It's like having a loaded gun on your kitchen table."«
»Survivors often regret their decision in midair, if not before. As he crossed the chord in flight, Baldwin recalls, "I instantly realized that everything in my life that I'd thought was unfixable was totally fixable-except for having just jumped.«
read the whole article in the New Yorker


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