Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Final Leap by John Bateson
I will be talking about this book to anyone who will listen for the rest of my life. The messages it contains are that powerful. The sad thing is, when you tell people that you're reading a book about suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge most of them look at you in horror and ask why in the world you would read such a depressing book. My answer is simply "because suicide is an important topic and one that we as a society need to be talking about."
The Final Leap focuses primarily on suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge and includes information that would absolutely astound most people. Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge is the world's number one suicide spot? And that although the installation of a suicide barrier has been studied numerous times, the committee that governs the bridge has been reluctant to install one and refuses to fund the barrier it did finally approve?
Sure, the personal stories about those who took their lives are sad. But the depressing part of the book is what very little has been done to stop the 2-3 successful suicides that take place there every month. It is my sincere hope that John Bateson and others do not give up trying to spread their message about not only the bridge, but suicide in general. I firmly believe that if we start a public conversation that someday people won't view suicide as their only way out. I know I'll be trying to do my part to encourage open and frank discussion.