Olson notes that the golden gate is a particularly lethal means of killing oneself. Apr 19, 2016 olson notes that the golden gate is a particularly lethal means of killing oneself. Since it opened in 1937, more than 1,500 people have died jumping off the bridge, making it the top suicide site on earth. Man who survived jump from golden gate bridge shares his. Aug 09, 2019 at age 19, a mentally ill kevin hines tried to kill himself by jumping off the golden gate bridge. The millisecond my hands left the rail, it was an instant regret. The golden gate bridge, referred to by krista tippett as a suicide magnet, is the secondmost used suicide sitesuicide bridge in the world, after the nanjing yangtze river bridge see list of suicide sites. Hines has been featured on cnn, huffpost, abc news. After a fall of four seconds, jumpers hit the water at around 75 mph 120 kmh. Although other bridges have since surpassed it in size, it remains incomparable in the magnificence of its setting and is said to be the most photographed bridge in the world. Public gets its first look at golden gate bridge suicide. A follow up study of persons who survived jumping from the golden gate and san francisco oakland bay bridges article pdf available in western journal of medicine 1224. Since that day i have talked publicly about my battle with depression and my struggles to keep feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness at bay.
Surviving and thriving after a suicide attempt is a striking story of survival and comes form an author who at age nineteen jumped off the golden gate bridge. Amazingly, he lived, and fully recovered from injuries to his legs and spine. The golden gate bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. The bestknown is kevin hines, who in the year 2000 at the age of 19 jumped from the top of the golden gate bridge, some 220. The golden gate bridge web store specializes in apparel, books, posters, prints, mugs, and gifts inspired by the iconic golden gate bridge. The basic premise is that a group of hijackers kidnap the president of the united states in the middle of the golden gate bridge and hold him for ransom. It spans almost two miles across the golden gate, the. May 20, 2012 the golden gate bridge, as well as the strait it spans, has been the subject of story, song and poem. Seiden found is a remarkable testament to the fact that a suicidal crisis is often very often temporary. Kevin hines jumped off the golden gate bridge, and survived. The golden gate bridge to get a suicide net cbs news.
Kevin hines, who survived jump from san franciscos golden gate bridge, also shares message of hope although it is rare, some individuals do survive suicide attempts from tall bridges. On september 24, 2000, kevin hines walked onto the golden gate bridge with one goal. He jumped off the golden gate bridge and survived cnn video. Your book is going to help and has helped so many people. With eric geleynse, chris brown, susan ginwalla, caroline pressley. Book recommendations, author interviews, editors picks, and more. The final leap is the first book ever written about golden gate bridge suicides. Interviews with seven of ten known survivors of jumps from the golden gate and san franciscooakland bay bridges showed a unique association between the golden gate bridge and suicide. Now suicide prevention is his mission, including the creation of a golden gate bridge suicide net.
As i read the stories of people who attempted to jump off the golden gate bridge. Route 101 and california state route 1 across the strait. Of the 515 people whose attempt was interrupted, only 35 later died by suicide in the years to come. Hines picked his spot and stood there for 40 minutes. In an attempt to end my life, i jumped off of the golden gate bridge. The golden gate bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a.
Ken baldwin was 28 years old and had just started a family. Learn more about the history and construction of the golden gate bridge. Dec 01, 1975 the golden gate, sadly, didnt fit into that category. His story gained much coverage and he has since become an activist promoting suicide prevention.
Golden gate bridge, highway and transportation district. The golden gate goodreads meet your next favorite book. Golden gate bridge suicide attempt survivor shares story in. A jumper advocates for a barrier and makes a new life. Kevin hines attempted suicide at golden gate bridge and survived. And that means that he has frequently responded to suicide attempts. A lesson from 29 golden gate suicide attempts medium. At age 19, a mentally ill kevin hines tried to kill himself by jumping off the golden gate bridge. Sep, 2017 kevin hines attempted suicide when he jumped from the golden gate bridge in san francisco, and survived. A followup study of persons who survived jumping from the golden gate and san franciscooakland bay bridges. Kevin hines is living with chronic suicidality and bipolar 1 disorder. The golden gate bridge, opened in 1937, is an iconic suspension bridge connecting the city of san francisco to marin county, california. This 5session series chronicles what life looked like before his diagnoses, why he attempted suicide at age 19 by jumping off the golden gate bridge, and how he found effective mental health treatment.
Years later, cop reunites with suicidal man he saved on. The book is basically a 309page argument for the erection of an antisuicide barrier on the golden gate bridge. I had known the bridge was a suicide hotspot and a few dozen people listed on my missing persons website are thought to have died there, but i didnt realize the toll was so high. Additionally, he wrote a book about his experience. It was a foggy august day, and wobber, a world war i veteran. A gripping memoir which recounts the inspiring story of a suicide survivor and. Its also the only international landmark without a suicide barrier. While the average survival rate of bridge suicide attempts is 15 percent, those off the golden gate is just 4. Feb 21, 2019 a lesson from 29 golden gate suicide attempts.
I vividly remember writing my suicide note, he says in a poignant buzzfeed video, published thursday as part of the news outlets mental health week. He is a best selling author, global public speaker, and award winning documentary filmmaker. In the year 2000, kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the golden gate bridge. Dec 10, 2015 he explains the 19 other golden gate bridge suicide attempt survivors have all said the same thing after jumping. Where are they now the fate of suicide attempt survivors. He and his wife lived in tracy and had an adorable 3yearold girl. An incredible true story of kevin hines, who attempted suicide when he jumped from the golden gate bridge in san francisco. Dec 09, 2015 man who survived jump from golden gate bridge shares his story duration. May 24, 2006 kevin hines, now 24, who survived a plunge off the golden gate bridge and is now part of a campaign to add a barrier to the bridge, talked with times amanda bower about his september 2000 jump.
Suicide on the golden gate bridge bateson, john on amazon. The golden gate bridge is perhaps the most iconic bridge in the united states. Golden gate bridge, suspension bridge spanning the golden gate in california to link san francisco with marin county to the north. Kevin hines survived jump from san franciscos golden gate. A lesson from 29 golden gate suicide attempts ed newman.
In 1970, the board of the golden gate bridge highway and transportation district began studying eighteen suicidebarrier proposals, including a ninefoot wire fence, a nylon safety net, and even. The study went beyond exploring the nature of suicidal jumps and shed new light on the experience of nearly dying. The joy of life, released in 2005, is an american documentary film that recounts the chronological history of suicide at the golden gate bridge. Sanjay gupta introduces us to a suicide survivor whos fighting to build a suicideprevention net on the golden gate bridge. All 29 people who survived their suicide attempts off san franciscos golden gate bridge have said they regretted their decision as soon as they jumped. More than 1700 people are estimated to have jumped off the golden gate bridge since 1937. The film highlights the journey of kevin hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the golden gate bridge. The first documented case of pseudocide at the golden gate bridge was in 1948. San francisco bridge jumper says sea lion saved him. The bestknown is kevin hines, who in the year 2000 at the age of 19 jumped from the top of. Upon its completion in 1937, it was the tallest and longest suspension bridge in the world. Kevin hines survived suicide jump from golden gate bridge. Filmmakers use hidden cameras to capture the various suicide attempts at the golden gate bridge the worlds most popular suicide destination.
Kevin is using his story to spread suicide prevention awareness with his film, suicide. Kevin hines book does not disappoint when reflecting on his reputation as an. Fewer than three months after the iconic golden gate bridge opened in 1937, a man named harold wobber walked to its halfway point. The millisecond after kevin hines jumped from the golden gate bridge to the bay below, he felt instant regret. In the year 2000 he attended his first class at school, and then took a bus to the golden gate bridge, crying all the way. Suicide is the second leading cause of death worldwide for those aged 1524 years. The third in a sevenpart series on the golden gate bridge barrier debate. It will continue to augment destinies forever, and thats a beautiful thing you should be proud of that. The film discusses key design changes made to the bridge by architect irving morrow, notably the lowering of the pedestrian railing. It was a badly developed plot that had me rooting for the bad guys the whole way through. Jan 01, 2012 the book is basically a 309page argument for the erection of an antisuicide barrier on the golden gate bridge. Most powerful speech by man who survived jump from golden. A single glance is instantly recognizable to most americans and many around the world. The golden gate bridge, highway and transportation district is a special district of the state of california which operates and maintains the golden gate bridge and two unified public transit systems golden gate transit and golden gate ferry.
Golden gate bridge suicide attempt survivor shares story in calgary on sept. Out of the thousands of people who have jumped off the golden gate bridge, hes part of the less than 1% who survived the mostly deadly jump. Today kevin is a worldrenowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading a message of hope, recovery and wellness. Buzzfeedvideo the bridge is one of the most frequently. Kevin hines brings suicide prevention message to rochester. The golden gate bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the golden gate, the onemilewide 1. While the bridge had its doubters before its construction, those who have taken note of it. Jul 05, 20 a followup study of suicide attempters from the golden gate bridge.
He now dedicates his life to spread the message that there is hope for those suffering from. Golden gate bridge over 1500 suicides at the age of 19 kevin hines battle with bipolar disorder became so intense that he finally decided to end his life. Oct 03, 20 more than twice a month, on average, those whove lost all hope come to san franciscos golden gate bridge, climb over the railing and, tragically, plunge 220 feet into the pacific ocean to. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which.730 41 962 600 342 739 274 1497 1014 159 1362 1538 968 1313 801 1059 104 1571 936 449 575 1439 223 368 1313 1129 1062 299 322 861 899 1092 456 1277 578 392 5 1196 361 1348 564 1116