Comments on: TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tracking Thursday; RapidRide back to regular route; bridge tragedy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/ West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:08:09 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 By: bolo http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1212408 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:25:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1212408 Qrc, Please don’t take this as a flippant remark (it is the truth), but watching the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” had a profound effect on me and has kept me from having suicidal thoughts. Something to try?

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By: unknown http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1212279 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:28:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1212279 I read once, it may have been in the SF Golden Gate bridge article that a person contemplating suicide feels like a person stuck in a burning building that there is no way from not dying, jump out the window or stay in and die from the flames…but there is a way… seek professional help because you are worth everything to live, if not to someone else but to yourself!!!

Peace be with the one who took their life…

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1212137 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:50:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1212137 Thank you for sharing that, RG. – TR

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By: RG http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1212102 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:27:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1212102 Here is an email exchange I had with SDOT about suicide prevention and the bridge; I just posted it in the forums.
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http://westseattleblog.com/forum/topic/west-seattle-bridge-suicide-prevention

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By: Brandon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1211974 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:53:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1211974 In Ithaca, NY (a short drive from my hometown) the community experienced similar tragedies with Cornell University students. That area is known for high bridges that cross deep gorges, and the city recently erected barriers on the bridges to make it difficult to step off them; they even went so far as to install nets beneath some of the bridges. …perhaps the WS bridge could benefit from installing a higher barrier?

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By: miws http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1211912 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:00:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1211912 datamuse, thank you for the article link.

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Mike

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By: miws http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1211910 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:58:34 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1211910 Qrc, Please take WSB’s advice, and seek out confidential counseling. Please do not let anyone in or out of your profession, or the profession itself make you feel ashamed about seeking help.

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You have a place on this Earth. Just think of the man mentioned in the Slate article, who survived his jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in 1985, recovered, and realised that he has a place on this Earth, and has been a Teacher for 20 years now. Just imagine the positive impact, and inspiration he must have had on hundreds of young lives these past two decades.

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Take care.

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Mike

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By: Alki resident http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1211871 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:27:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1211871 QRC- Thank you for saying that. It goes to show what Ive said all along. I want you to go get the help and love you need from a good counselor and don’t let what other peoples stigmas get in your way. We are all human and our mind does really bad things to us especially if were alone and don’t have the right people to turn to.
Depression is your mind taking over and controlling you. Ive been through it after a birth of a child and it sucks, you can’t snap out of it like some people think. Its not a disease.

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1211259 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:45:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1211259 QRC – I hope that you have a way of seeking help confidentially, then, and I am sorry that there is a stigma about mental illness. It should carry no more of a stigma than physical illness. But depression IS an illness of the mind. “Mental illness” does not just mean people who are so far gone they need to be institutionalized and/or heavily medicated. It means problems with which millions of people struggle – including depression and anxiety/panic disorder. I have dealt with the latter three times in my life and the first time, the worst time, is why I remain passionate about not sweeping suicide under the rug … I saw and felt, clearly, how life can be so painful that you can see no other way out of it. I decided to try to see another way, and got help. When I had a recurrence a few years later, I got help again … and then, again. If you call & talk to someone like the Crisis Clinic – to which I found myself referring my own mom when she spoke of suicide amid depression – they don’t have to take your name, you don’t have to commit to following up, but you might at least ask their thoughts/ideas on the situation that has you feeling you can’t seek help … Tracy

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By: Qrc http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1211224 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:18:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1211224 I drove by this scene shortly after it happened. I’ve had a lot of difficulty in my recent past and have considered this option myself. There is a stigma within certain professions (including mine) about seeking help for your troubles. Reading the prior comment that broadly clothes those of us struggling with depression as ‘mentally ill’ makes me feel even less likely to seek help.

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By: datamuse http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1211089 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:42:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1211089 This article is about the Golden Gate Bridge–from which 30 people jump every year on average–but it’s worth reading for some insight into this troubling topic, as well as how to mitigate it (short answer: bridge barriers).
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“Is the traffic or road rage getting to these people and by the time they reach the bridge, they’ve had it? Did someone just get flipped off one too many times?” I’m guessing you’ve never dealt with or been close to someone who was suicidal. Among other things, a whopping 90 percent of suicide victims suffer from mental illness, often undiagnosed or untreated.

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By: Teacher/Mom http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1211027 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 04:51:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1211027 Thank you, Laura. My sister’s friend, the bus driver, says she will file a claim so that she can receive counseling. She is very shaken up. This is so sad for all involved.

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By: alki resident http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1210976 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 04:23:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1210976 Everything these days has to be a disease in order to get help. I refuse to believe that suicide is a disease. Yes, I get that mental illness can be a factor in suicide but I don’t think its the majority of people who take their lives. You can talk people out of killing themselves. Cancer is a disease, you can’t talk someone out of having it. There are too many copy cats out there jumping our bridge. If I didn’t know people did it, I wouldn’t of thought to do it myself. Every time someone kills themselves it goes noticed and then nothing changes. We need to make affordable changes to the bridge like accessible emergency hotline phones or like I said, signs encouraging people that they matter and discouraging them from jumping. I feel sorry for the people who work below and hear the body land, its got to be draining knowing what they just heard.

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1210897 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 03:32:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1210897 Suicide is described often as a “deadly symptom of a treatable disease” – that being mental illness, whether it’s depression, anxiety, or something else. There is not always some catalyzing event. An FAQ of sorts from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/frequently-asked-questions

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By: alki resident http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/traffictransit-today-tracking-thursday/#comment-1210875 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 03:16:39 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262570#comment-1210875 On a side note.
I can’t help but look up at the high bridge while driving under the low bridge to go to West Marginal Way, I do it all the time because I don’t want somebody landing on my car or in front of me. It’s a horrible feeling knowing our bridge is so known for suicides.

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