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We’re not doing enough to prevent Archway Bridge deaths

PUBLISHED: 16:11 24 November 2010

In the last month three people have jumped off Hornsey Lane Bridge, aka “Suicide Bridge”, tragically killing themselves, traumatising others and endangering motorists below.

Suicide from the bridge has long been a regular occurrence.

Years ago, the matter of whether to put in place anti-suicide measures on the bridge was raised and we were led to believe that this was going to happen.

Clearly, either nothing or not enough was done. The bridge was refurbished, with minimal security measures added, if any at all. To me, the refurbishment was hideous because what use is a pretty bridge when so many people jump to their deaths from it?

People argue: “If they are going to jump they’ll find somewhere to do it.” In fact, the shrines now in place on the bridge glamourise suicide and place the idea in people’s minds.

Clearly we live in disturbed times and some people are so desperate that they want to take their lives.

The bridge provides an easy and dramatic way out. It would be much more difficult for people to commit suicide if they didn’t have this bridge at their easy disposal.

In its current state, the bridge is a terrible testament to the poor government we are suffering from and the damaged state of our society. How have we come as a society to have so little hope, so much mental illness and so little moral resistance to suicide?

Firstly, we need better measures to stop people jumping off the bridge. Even netting would help.

Secondly we need better support for these desperate people in the form of mental health services and welfare, as well as perhaps posters on the bridge telling people where they can get help.

And David Cameron needs to stop broadcasting messages of doom and gloom about the economy and persecuting the very poorest in favour of the richest.

While yes, business must be furthered, there is no need to make so many cuts so quickly and drastically when they risk destroying peoples’ lives – literally.

My heart goes out to the families of these people, and all whose mood is brought down by having to walk past three shrines every day. As we pass these heartbreaking shrines each day the only thing I can tell my children is to pray for these people, that they may rest in peace, and pray for our society that we may have more moral substance to do what is right. – Fiona Campbell, via e-mail.


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