I remember there being a lot of controversy around this about a year ago and I'm glad to see that the funding finally went through and this is actually going to happen.
This comes after the news that there were more suicides in 2013- 46 according to the coroner's office- than any other year since the bridge opened 76 years ago. There were ten in the month of August alone- a rate of one death every three days. Let that sink in for a moment.
Since the bridge opened in 1937, more than 1,600 people have committed suicide there. And there's proof that barriers work- a study from UC Berkeley showed that more than 90% of people who were prevented from jumping had not gone on to kill themselves, even years later.
Shaming people for having a disease is the most counterproductive and ridiculous thing imaginable. Depression is a disease. I know I'm preaching to the choir over here, but it's worth saying. Here's a good piece from Slate, too.