A Comment from a Niagara At Large reader that is well worth taking into the New Year
Posted December 31st, 2018 on Niagara At Large
We live in a time when more than possibly ever before, the technical fix takes precedence over the human touch.
Walls and fences are used to control the movement of people. “Friends” on Facebook and Twitter feeds take the place of face-to-face interactions with people in what are left of the places that serve as communities.
So it is not unusual that so much attention has been placed on installing some kind of fencing or security barriers on the Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines to prevent more people who feel down on life from jumping off.
Obviously, security barriers for that bridge do make sense, but when Niagara At Large posted a news release on the issue earlier this December, one of our readers, Carla Rienzo, shared a comment that we think is worth repeating and embracing as we enter the New Year.
Here is it –
“I agree that a barrier should be installed, but is there any verifiable evidence that the barrier on the Bloor Street Viaduct reduced the number of suicides? …
It seems to me that a person who is wanting to end his or her life will always find a way, bridge or no bridge.
What a barrier will do is prevent further tragedy by preventing a jumper from falling into traffic below.
This conversation is a sad one and the topic is complex.
It is my sincere hope that the dialogue continues and that we see an increase in accessible and properly staffed mental health care facilities.
In the meantime, let’s all be good to one another and never fail to believe that any small gesture of kindness matters.”
Carla Rienzo’s comment was originally a response to the following news release which you can read by clicking on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/12/19/st-catharines-mpp-calls-on-province-to-fund-suicide-prevention-barrier-on-burgoyne-bridge/ .
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