The Boston City Council will take a look at ways to reduce the number of people who jump off parking garages following several well publicized garage-related suicides.
City Councilor Ed Flynn (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown) said there are a number of steps he would want to look at to reduce the odds of "people in distress" being able to jump from the easily accessible locations, including not just fencing along higher garage levels, but cameras, signs with the number of a suicide hotline and putting in plantings to flat areas below the garages that might be attractive to people thinking of jumping.
Flynn added that any look at the issue needs to include figuring out how to increase access to mental-health services, so that they can get help before they make a decision to jump.
On Christmas day, a West Roxbury woman threw her two children and then herself off the top of a garage owned by Northeastern University - the same garage where a BC student killed himself in May, allegedly at the urging of his girlfriend. In between, a third person threw himself off the top of the garage. Northeastern has since closed off the top level.
Earlier this month, Boston Police officers grabbed a man before he could jump from the top of a garage on Guest Street in Brighton.