Seoul City to raise bridge guardrails to prevent suicide
The Seoul Metropolitan Government will raise guardrails along bridges to prevent people from jumping off to their death. It said the guardrails on 20 out of the 31 bridges over the Han River will be raised from 1.10-1.20 m to 2 m to deter people from climbing over them.
The city will spend W1.9 billion on Han River Bridge and Yanghwa Bridge this year (US$1=W1,188). Work on six other bridges will begin next year and the rest in 2025. "We have prioritized work on bridges with a higher rate of suicide attempts," a city official said.
1. Detail how Seoul is helping with the prevention of suicide.
2. How much is the government willing to spend on the bridges?
3. What are the common signs and symptoms of suicide?
4. Share your thoughts on how we could be aware of people?
5. Reiterate other ways we could prevent suicide.
1. suicide - is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse—including alcoholism and the use of benzodiazepines—are risk factors
2. guardrail - a strong fence at the side of a road or in the middle of an expressway, intended to reduce the risk of serious accidents