The Suicide Magnet - Dundurn

The Suicide Magnet

Inside the Battle to Erect a Safety Barrier on Toronto’s Bloor Viaduct

Available Nov 7th 2023

Paperback
$ 24.99

Description

The inside story of the grassroots fight to have a suicide barrier erected on Toronto’s “bridge of death.”

Most Torontonians have no idea their city once hosted the second most popular suicide magnet in North America, narrowly behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Since its completion in 1918, more than 400 people jumped to their death from the Bloor Viaduct, which spans the cavernous Don Valley.

That number might still be rising if not for the tireless efforts of a group of volunteers, led by two citizens who fought City Hall for years to get a suicide barrier erected. Not only did they win, they brought to light valuable research on how barriers actually lower suicide numbers overall, and saved numerous lives. The resulting barrier — The Luminous Veil — has been praised for its ingenious and inspiring design.

The Suicide Magnet tells how the battle was won, and explores the ongoing efforts to help those suffering from mental health challenges.

Contributors

Paul McLaughlin

Paul McLaughlin is a highly experienced and award-winning freelance writer, broadcaster and teacher. The author of 2022’s Asking the Best Questions, he has written numerous books, articles and playscripts. He lives in Toronto, where he teaches professional writing at York University.

Book Details

Paperback
November 2023
6x9 in
224 pp
9781459751408
ePub
November 2023
-
224 pp
9781459751415
ePub
November 2023
-
224 pp
9781459751422