CALIFORNIA: Golden Gate Bridge Partners with Crisis Text Line in Suicide Prevention Effort

September 02, 2016

News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News
Speaker:  California

CBS Local

The Golden Gate Bridge District has formed a partnership with Crisis Text Line to bolster existing crisis and emergency services that are available for individuals who come to the bridge at risk for suicide. In the past 14 years, the number of suicidal people below the age of 25 who have intended to jump from the bridge has increased dramatically. Crisis Text Line, a national nonprofit that provides free, around-the-clock crisis counseling via text message, is a popular resource for that population of youth in distress. “We know people are already at the bridge in crisis with their phones out, ready to text,” said Crisis Text Line Bay Area Director Libby Craig. “In fact, prior to this partnership, Crisis Text Line had already had 94 conversations in which people mention the Golden Gate Bridge.” The new partnership will allow for Crisis Text Line signs to be placed at the bridge and will supplement the current efforts of bridge patrols and telephone hotlines.

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