Means Restriction in the News

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General (or Multiple Means)

Noelle Crombie, “Oregon Gun Store Owner Tried to Block Troubled Woman from Buying Gun.” The Oregonian. April 26, 2013.

Sabrina Tavernise, “To Reduce Suicide, New Focus Turns to Guns.” The New York Times. February 13, 2013. And see accompanying Editorial

Liz Szabo, “McCready’s death factors in gun debate; Most suicide attempts fatal when firearms are used.” USA TODAY.

Kate Bennion, “More Guns, More Suicides: Protecting a Population at Risk.” Deseret News, Salt Lake City UT. April 2, 2013.

Callie Crossley (Interview with Matt Miler and Catherine Barber), What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Guns, WGBH Radio, January 2013.

Leon Neyfakh, The Gun Toll We’re Ignoring: Suicide. Boston Globe, January 2013.

Gun Shops and Mental Health Advocates Partner to Prevent Suicides.” (Radio feature by Sheryl Rich-Kern) New Hampshire Public Radio. February 15, 2013.

Gun Shops Asked to Help Prevent Suicide.” (Radio feature by Charlotte Albright) Vermont Public Radio. December 31, 2013.

Gorenstein, D. Suicide Council Taps Gun Shops. New Hampshire Public Radio. September 12, 2011.

Ramer, H. NH responds to Rising Suicide Rate. Associated Press. September 12, 2011.

Trudeau, M. Media Should Tread Carefully In Covering Suicide. WBUR.org. November 30, 2009.

HealthDay News. Doctors Could Play a Part in Preventing Suicides. US News and World Report. September 3, 2008.

Fust, L. Suzanne. A Will to Suicide: Discourage a Way. Star Tribune. July 18, 2008.

NPR. In Suicide Prevention, It’s Method, Not Madness. WBUR.org. July 8, 2008.

Anderson, Scott. The Urge to End it All. New York Times. July 6, 2008. An in-depth piece about the importance of means restriction in suicide prevention.

Bridge Barriers

Stratford, M. Preventing Suicide on Campus May Mean Fences and Nets as Well as Counseling. The Chronicle of Higher Education. March 25, 2012.This article discusses means restriction research and the debate over the installation of bridge barriers in Ithaca, NY.

Other coverage of Cornell bridge barrier debate:

– Doherty G. City Approves Suicide Net Installation under Bridges. The Ithacan. December 14, 2011.

– Kane E. Bridges, Barriers, Environments, and Lives. The Cornell Daily Sun. April 1, 2011.

– Anonymous. The Necessity of Barriers. The Cornell Daily Sun. March 3, 2011.

– Stein J. Study Questions Efficacy of Permanent Bridge Barriers. The Cornell Daily Sun. February 25, 2011.

Trudeau, M. Media Should Tread Carefully In Covering Suicide. WBUR.org. November 30, 2009.

Hyun-jung B. No more suicidal bridges over Han River, says Seoul. The Korea Herald. September 29, 2009. The Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters Department will introduce a new safety system on the bridges. The $10.8 million project involves detailed guidelines on the prevention, urgent responses and post-factum measures following a suicide attempt.

O’Brien T. Gone. San Francisco Magazine. December 2008.

Cabanatuan M. Bridge directors vote for net to deter suicides. San Francisco Chronicle. October 11, 2008. The Board of Directors voted 14-to-1 to install the stainless-steel net system, which would be placed 20 feet below the deck, and would collapse around anyone who jumped into it, making it difficult, if not impossible, for anyone to leap to their death.

Vick K. The Golden Gate: A Bridge Too Deadly? Washington Post. March 3, 2008. After longtime resistance, Bay Area may follow other efforts to prevent suicides at landmarks.

Guthmann E, Hamlin J, Weiss M, Koopman J, Zinko C, King J and Benson H. Lethal Beauty. San Francisco Chronicle. Oct 31-Nov 5, 2005. One thousand, two hundred eighteen dead. The lives of families devastated. Sixty-eight years of debate about a suicide barrier. Lethal Beauty is a seven-part series looking at the darker side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The conclusion is inescapable: A suicide barrier would prevent deaths. The stories this week provide the context, background, meaning and a human dimension for the decisions that will follow.

Friend T. Jumpers: The fatal grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. The New Yorker. October 13, 2003.

On the bridge, Baldwin counted to ten and stayed frozen. He counted to ten again, then vaulted over. “I still see my hands coming off the railing,” he said. As he crossed the chord in flight, Baldwin recalls, “I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable—except for having just jumped.”