Golden Gate Bridge: Between Suicide and Life

The Golden Gate Bridge has been a popular jump site for people wanting to commit suicide since the bridge opened in 1937.

The drop from the Golden Gate Bridge is approximately 260 feet. It takes a quick four seconds to drop from the deck of the bridge to the waters below, and at a speed of 75 mph it is almost always an instant death.

Kevin Briggs, a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol. Briggs saved hundreds of people from death by talking them out.

Kevin Briggs on TED Talks: The bridge between suicide and life