The Golden Gate Bridge Is the Site of the Most Suicides in the United States.

The Golden Gate Bridge Is the Site of the Most Suicides in the United States.

Golden Gate Bridge, the most photographed bridge in the world, it's a symbolic gateway between the US and the vast blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, it's also known as the second world’s leading suicide location, with at least 1.200 people that have been seen jumping or have been found in the water since the bridge opened, in 1937.

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.

Currently, there is a system for preventing suicide on the bridge. Its components include numerous security cameras and thirteen telephones, which potential suicides or alarmed passersby can use to reach the bridge’s control tower. The most important element is randomly scheduled patrols by California Highway patrolmen and Golden Gate Bridge personnel in squad cars and on foot, bicycle, and motorcycle.

During the 70s, a suicide jumper from the Golden Gate Bridge left a note that read "I'm going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump."