Famous Suicide Spots in the World

Suicide is one of the leading cause of deaths for all ages. The major factor of committing suicide is depression and hopelessness. There are many help lines and groups committed to save people from committing self-murder.

However, there are also places around the world considered as suicide magnets.

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A jumper from the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge captured on camera (buzzfeed.com).

 

NANJING YANGTZE RIVER BRIDGE, NANJING, CHINA

The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge was constructed in 1960 but completed in 1968. The 5,773-meter-long bridge connects urban areas of Nanjing and Pukou District. The lines of Tianjin-Nanjing and Shanghai-Nanning are connected, and the Beijing-Shanghai railway run through the river passage.

Considered as the greatest accomplishment of China, the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is a favorite spot of suicidal people. Almost five persons a week jumped of the bridge into the moving river. Reports documented an estimate of 2,000 people who ended their lives at the bridge. Police records registered 100 to 200 people rescued or retrained at the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge per year.

By chance, the designers of the Nanjing Bridge were the designers of Golden Gate Bridge – a bridge with the highest suicide rate among all in US.

LONDON UNDERGROUND, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

The London Underground or the Tube is a public rapid transit system serving London, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. The underground railways which opened in 1863 has expanded its network into 15 lines carrying thousands and thousands of passengers every day to 270 stations.  However, the Tube is a favorite spot for people who wanted to kill themselves.

In 2012 alone, there were 194 suicides on the tracks of mass-transit systems being documented while 50 choose the muddy tunnels of the Tube.

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The Tube is a favorite spot for suicide (metro.co.uk).

 

CORINTH CANAL, GREECE

The Gulf of Corinth and Sardonic Gulf in the Aegean Sea is connected with Corinth Canal. The canal slices through the Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland. The canal is 6.4 kilometers long and 21.3 meters wide. The cliff on its side stands 63 meters high.

The high cliff is an attraction for despairing people who wanted to end their lives. In 2012, a 36-year-old woman jumped into the Canal 10 days after the suicide of a 26-year-old man on the same site.

According to authorities, people from more than 15 countries would go to the place to jump.  Records showed that the suicides increased by 22 percent between 2009 and 2011.

BOSPHORUS BRIDGE, ISTANBUL

Joining two Asia and Europe, Bosphorus Bridge rises 210ft above the Bosphorus Strait.  The bridge was opened in 1973 and since then became famous mark for suicides. Studies revealed that jumping from the suspension bridge has 3% survival rate. The impact on the waters would produce external and internal injuries.

No clear data were recorded as to the number of people who killed themselves in the area but the government make it illegal to access the bridge on foot.

Just this year, a man committed suicide despite police efforts. Erol Çetin went over the railings on the Bosporus Bridge. He jumped off as he was speaking with police officers.

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The Suicide Forest near Mount Fuji in Japan (mentalfloss.com).

 

AOKIGAHARA FOREST, MOUNT FUJI, JAPAN

The Aokigahara forest also known as Black Sea of Trees, extends to 14sq miles near Mount Fuji. Stories told that the place was where Japanese abandoned their elderly relative to die. Ruthless spirits are said to disturb the woodland.

Aside from the legend, the Aokigahara forest is infamous as the Suicide Forest. In 2003, 105 bodies were retrieved. In 2010, there were 54 suicides while a hundred attempts were recorded.  Annually about 70 corpses are found by volunteers.

 

 

Sources:   China  The Guardian   Daily Sabah  Planet Deadly

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Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide

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