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Suicide prevention, Humber Bridge 

"There have sadly been a lot of people jumping off the bridge lately."
"Yes, what should we do? Improve mental health services so people don't get to a point where they need to jump off the Humber Bridge?"
"Are you bonkers? That won't work, let's put some traffic cones across the footpath."
"Sorted. Pub?"

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Suicide prevention, Humber Bridge 

@ak also, those cones don't look very sturdy or being able to stop anyone who's determined enough to go to the bridge (to either cross it or jump from it).

Suicide prevention, Humber Bridge 

@Stoori Lots of people use it every day, either for leisure or for work - there is a lot of housing on the north bank and a major factory and other employment on the south bank, and lots of walkers and cyclists cross every day

The alternative trip if you don't have a car is 80 miles, you have to go all the way to Goole to reach the next crossing upriver

Those cones will be in the bushes by Tuesday afternoon

Suicide prevention, Humber Bridge 

@ak every layby is closed off on the Orwell Bridge eastbound (direction of Felixtstowe) - this has been the case for at least 2 years since I started driving and may have been done previous to that); there is one remaining pedestrian route (part of a countryside walk) on the westbound side (towards Ipswich) but there is CCTV and if people hang about for too long up there immediately all emergency services are despatched (they have saved a few people this way)

Suicide prevention, Humber Bridge 

@vfrmedia But we can't fence off the whole of England to stop people jumping off things, we need to invest in mental health care to stop people jumping off things

Otherwise people will find a way sadly, they will always find *somewhere* to go

Suicide prevention, Humber Bridge 

@ak as a survivor of a suicide attempt in my teens (and a former drug user for many years) I totally agree about more investment in mental health *and* in general creating a society where more young adults /want/ to stay alive but I fear society really hasn't got any better than 34 years ago and may have got worse in some respects.

What is happening in Humberside needs fully resourced multiple Safeguarding investigations, not simply a few traffic cones..

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