Restricting access at hotspots reduces suicides by 90%

BLOCKING access at suicide hotspots, for instance by erecting barriers and safety nets, can reduce deaths by more than 90%, Australian researchers say.

Their meta-analysis of 18 studies at various hotspots in Australia and abroad found the number of suicides dropped from 5.8 per year on average before interventions to 2.4 afterwards.

Interventions to restrict access resulted in a 93% reduction in suicides per year when used in isolation, while interventions to encourage help-seeking (for example, signs and crisis phones) reduced deaths by 61%.

The interventions can complement each other and buy