List of suicide sites
The following is a list of current and historic sites frequently chosen to attempt suicide, usually by jumping. Some of the sites listed have installed suicide barriers, and other precautions, such as crisis hotline phones.
Exact numbers of victims are sometimes difficult to determine, as many jurisdictions and media agencies have ceased collecting statistics and reporting suicides at common sites, in the belief that the reporting may encourage others.
Most popular locations
- Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, Nanjing, China — more than 2,000 suicides from 1968 to 2006
- Golden Gate Bridge, California, United States — more than 1,500 suicides
- Prince Edward Viaduct, Toronto, Ontario — 492 suicides before the Luminous Veil, a barrier of 9,000 steel rods, was constructed.
- Aokigahara forest, Mount Fuji, Japan — up to 105 suicides a year; one source cites as the second most popular spot.
Locations by continent
- Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge - over 2,000 suicides since 1968, ~50/year.
- Mount Mihara, Japan — an active volcano on the island of Izu Ōshima. After Kiyoko Matsumoto jumped into the crater in 1933, media reports fanned hundreds of copycats until 1936, when access was restricted.
- Shin-Koiwa Station, Japan
- Tojinbo, Japan
- Aokigahara forest, Mount Fuji, Japan — up to 108 suicides a year; one source cites as the second most popular spot
- Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, Wuhan, China — 24.7 suicides per year
- Pigeons' Rock, Beirut, Lebanon
- Tehran Metro, Tehran, Iran According to authorities, each month at least 1 suicide occurs in Tehran Subway.
- Milad Tower, Tehran, Iran Until 2012, 3 persons died by suicide by jumping from Milad Tower.
- Forth Road Bridge, Scotland, United Kingdom — estimated over 20 suicides a year - more than 800 since the bridge opened in 1964*
- Erskine Bridge, Erskine, Scotland, United Kingdom.
- Stockport Viaduct Stockport, England, United Kingdom- 5 people killed since 2014
- Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul — more than 100 suicide attempts annually
- London Underground, London, United Kingdom — 100–150 suicides annually
- Beachy Head, England, United Kingdom — 20 suicides a year
- Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England, United Kingdom — more than 500 suicides since opening in 1864. Suicide barriers were installed in 1998, which halved the suicide rate over the years following.
- Segovia Viaduct, Madrid, Spain — colloquially called the suicide bridge, starting from the 17th century until the 1990s, when it saw fatal falls at an average of one a week. A barrier was erected in 1998.
- Humber Bridge, Kingston-upon-Hull, England, United Kingdom — more than 200 incidents of people jumping or falling from the bridge took place in the first 26 years after it opened in 1981, with only five surviving.
- Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — more than 100 suicides since opening in 1966. Since 1993, a Plexiglas barrier has prevented people from jumping off the bridge and falling on top of the houses below.
- Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland — four prevented suicides in 2008
- Foyle Bridge, Derry, Northern Ireland — more than 90 suicides since 1984
- Türisalu cliff, Estonia
- Göltzsch Viaduct, Reichenbach im Vogtland, Germany — exemplary attraction for attempting suicide in Germany, under continued supervision by the Federal Police, scene of a 2001 suicide pact that led to the 2002 documentary Teuflische Spiele (Diabolical Games).
- Archway Bridge, Highgate, London, United Kingdom.
- 25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal
- Nusle Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic - At least 365 deaths.
- Älvsborg Bridge, Gothenburg, Sweden
- Paris Métro, Paris metropolitan area, France - 20 to 40 deaths per year.
- Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California — official count halted at 997 to prevent "record breakers"
- Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California has been the host of numerous falls/jumps starting as early as its construction, when a worker who had been drinking fell off the bridge into wet cement. It has hosted many suicides since, and a large barrier/fence has been installed to keep people from jumping.
- Coronado Bridge, San Diego, California — more than 200 suicides (1972–2000)
- George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York City — It has been averaging around 10 suicides per year and a record 18 in 2012. 18-year-old Tyler Clementi also jumped from the bridge in 2010 after being bullied.
- George Washington Memorial Bridge ("Aurora Bridge"), Seattle, Washington — more than 230 suicides since 1932, with more than 50 from 1997–2007
- Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa Bay, Florida — At least 130 people have died by suicide by jumping from the center span into the waters of Tampa Bay since the opening of the new bridge in 1987 and an estimated 10 others have tried, but survived. In response, the State of Florida installed six crisis hotline phones along the center span in 1999, and began 24-hour patrols. As of 2003, the call center had received 18 calls from potential jumpers, all of whom survived. However, the total number of jumpers has not significantly declined since the introduction of these safeguards. The song, "Skyway Avenue," by We The Kings is about two lovers who decide to jump to their deaths together from this bridge.
- Prince Edward Viaduct, Toronto, Ontario — A suicide barrier was installed.
- Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal, Quebec — more than 143 suicides. Suicide barriers were erected in 2003.
- Foresthill Bridge in Auburn, California — estimated 65 suicides since construction in 1973, actual number likely higher
- New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia
- Niagara Falls — between 1856 and 1995 there were 2,780 known suicides; and there are 20 to 25 per year.
- Vista Bridge, Portland, Oregon — averages four suicides a year
- Tappan Zee Bridge, Tarrytown, New York — more than 30 suicides between 2002 and 2012; sometimes referred to as "the Golden Gate Bridge of the East"
- Toronto Transit Commission subway and rapid transit network — 150 people have killed themselves, and there have been an additional 100 attempts between 1998 and 2007.
- Arrigoni Bridge, Middletown, Connecticut
- Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge, Southern Maryland
- The Gap, Sydney — estimated to have roughly 50 suicides a year
- West Gate Bridge, Melbourne — Has "up to one" suicide every three weeks. Suicide rates on the bridge have dropped by 85% since prevention barriers were installed by the state government in 2009.
- Grafton Bridge, Auckland, New Zealand — suicide barriers were removed in 1996 after being in place for sixty years but replaced in 2003.
- Lawyer's Head, Dunedin, New Zealand.
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