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Letters Barriers to suicide

Strategies at Bloor Viaduct

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 19 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4447
  1. Isaac Sakinofsky, professor emeritus of psychiatry, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health1
  1. 1CAMH, 250 College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1R8
  1. isaac.sakinofsky{at}

    The Bloor Viaduct’s anti-suicide barriers followed tireless campaigning by patients’relatives. As psychiatrist on the planning team (1998-2002), I was cognisant of their purpose and disagree with the assertion by Sinyor and Levitt that it was “standalone” suicide prevention.1 The barriers aimed at preventing the suicide of impulsive or ambivalent people at the locus for half of the city’s bridge jumpers, who jeopardised schoolchildren …

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