In 2013 alone, 46 people committed suicide by jumping off of the bridge.
On Friday, officials approved $ 76 million dollars in funding to build a suicide prevention barrier – a 20 foot wide metal net that will extend from each side the bridge to discourage people from jumping. The federal government has offered $ 50 million to build the net, the additional $ 25 million will come from the state and local governments.
Those who opposed the barrier said that it would ruin the view from the bridge. However, supporters and mental health professionals pointed out that a barrier could go deter a significant number of people from jumping. The CEO and general manager of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, Dennis Mulligan pointed out that where suicide barriers have been put up, they have been nearly 100% effective at stopping jumpers.