Stop Suicide - Build Netting Underneath or Install a High Fence at the Bayonne Bridge

Stop Suicide - Build Netting Underneath or Install a High Fence at the Bayonne Bridge

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Landon Paradine started this petition

Hello, my name is Landon Paradine, son of Ed Paradine. On Friday, January 13, 2023, my world was flipped upside down. My father took his own life at approximately 9:30 by jumping off the Bayonne Bridge. My dad suffered from depression for around 7 months - a very short time period. When this started in June of 2022, his job was very overwhelming and stressful to him. This would later affect his sleeping, where he would have many restless nights - getting around 3-4 hours of low quality sleep everyday. Even while being on sleeping pills and antidepressants, he still found it very hard to get through the days.

The Bayonne Bridge roadway is about 215 feet from the water below - almost always will be fatal if someone jumps from that height. For some reason, there is high fences on the walkway side of the bridge to prevent suicide, but no fence on the other side. I don’t understand how this makes sense. I’m asking that we have netting installed under the Bayonne Bridge to stop suicides from occurring, or even just install a high inward facing fence on the other side of the bridge. I feel like this is important because mental illness is increasing at an alarming rate. When somebody is depressed, their mind is parasited with negative thoughts constantly. The illness spreads like a wildfire inside of their brain. Like i saw in my dad, it only took him 7 months to take his own life from this terrible, grueling battle. Many suicidal people think they are a burden to the people around them and think taking their own life will be the best for everyone - which is never the case.

I feel like this is a very important issue that needs to be addressed. We can save lives if this netting or a high fence is installed. I don’t care if it’s just one life that is saved - everyone’s life matters. The Golden Gate Bridge in California is installing a Suicide Prevention Net as we speak. Obviously, other people are catching on to helping out the issue of mental illness and suicide, and I think we should too. Thank you. 


“Nine out of ten people who attempt suicide and survive will not go on to die by suicide at a later date.”

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