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If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. You can also talk to someone online by following this link.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the rising rate of suicides in the US. The recent deaths of chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade have shone a spotlight on suicide, but a new study from the Centers for Disease Control shows that rates have been rising for the last two decades – nearly 30 percent since 1999.


On the November 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about effective suicide prevention. Bids are now being accepted to construct suicide nets for the Golden Gate Bridge, a project that is estimated to cost 76 million dollars. Could that money have greater impact if put toward mental health services? What is the right balance between helping people who are on the edge and making sure they don’t get there in the first place?  It’s Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.


For 23 years, retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Briggs patrolled the Golden Gate Bridge for suicide jumpers. He talked hundreds of people off the ledge and back onto the bridge and earned the nickname, “The Guardian of the Golden Gate.” His powers of persuasion were the doorway between life and death. Sometimes, unfortunately, they just weren’t enough.