Barriers to suicide give suicidal individuals and those who care for them something they desperately need: time. This includes time to change their minds, time for someone to intervene, and time to seek help.
Despite myths and misconceptions suggesting otherwise, suicide is often an ambivalent rather than definitive act. Many who attempt suicide do not wish to die, but rather are asking for help.
AFSP urges Congress to allow the Golden Gate Bridge Authority (and other jurisdictions) to use federal funds for the construction of bridge barriers that would save lives by restricting the means by which people die by suicide.