The City of Portland is considering installing barriers on the bridge to prevent more deaths, but this could cost more than $2.5 million to complete. For a city with a budget shortfall, that kind of money can be hard to come by.
Concerned residents have started a grassroots effort to raise money for a barrier and to find volunteers to patrol the bridge on foot.
What do you think should be done to address the number of suicides at the Vista Bridge?
If you, or anyone you know, is at risk of suicide, help is available at the Suicide Lifeline. Call 800-273-8255.
- Sarah Hobbs: Veteran of the United States Navy
- Kenneth E. Kahn II: Portland-based attorney, co-founder of Friends of the Vista Bridge
- Lisa Millet: Injury and Violence Prevention Manager at Oregon Health Authority