A man plunged to his death while holding what police believes to be his son earlier today in New York City. This 35-year-old man jumped from a high rise located in Manhattan. The New York City Fire Department claimed they received a call a little after noon from a civilian who reported a person falling from an apartment building located on West 60 Street.
Upon arrival, paramedics found the man’s body and the toddler who was in critical condition. Unfortunately, the child was pronounced dead while being rushed to Roosevelt Hospital. The child was believed to be a 3 or 4-year-old boy.
The public could see detectives investigating the fall at 124 West 60 Street where investigators believed the incident took place. A resident of the building, Manoj Notani, expressed how hard it was to believe it could happen to “your own building.” He claimed that the apartment windows have brackets to prevent the residents from opening them any more than several inches.
This is not the first suicide jump involving a young child. Back in March a 44-year-old woman who lived in New York City held her 10-month-old as she jumped from her eighth floor Harlem apartment. Although the woman died from the impact, her son had fortunately survived.
The rates for suicide have risen in the U.S. over the last decade compared to the previous 10 years where it had declined. Between 1999 and 2010, the suicide rate among middle-age Americans increased by nearly 30 percent.
Researchers told The New York Times that the access to opioid drugs and the long-term economic downfall helps to explain the suicide rate increase. Unfortunately, more people are dying through suicide opposed to car accidents.
A study in 2010 found there were 33,687 deaths caused by vehicle crashes opposed from the 38,364 deaths from suicide. The suicide rates have been growing among middle-aged men and women, though there are more men who have been affected by suicide. The suicide rate for women was record to be 8.1 deaths per 100,000, while the rate for men was 27.3 deaths per 100,000.
Due to the way officials report the causes of death, it is difficult to determine the exact suicide rates. While researchers are confident that their data documented in earlier years is accurate, the current numbers are too low to be accurate.
Julie Phillips, a Rutgers University sociology associate professor, claims the current suicide rates are very underreported. She claims she is certain that all suicides are not being acknowledged. It is uncertain the exact cause that leads to the dramatic increase of suicide throughout the years. There is a vast amount of reasons as to why people have been committing suicide more frequently than before.
The C.D.C officials have reported numerous possible explanations that could be the cause of the suicide rate increase. A few of the possible explanations include drugs, the economic downfall and overall depression. Ileana Arias, C.D.C’s deputy director, claims the baby boomer group contains the highest rate of suicides. A theory to explain the suicides within this group include the individual’s thinking process. Researchers think there may be a connection between the suicides and the way these individuals are thinking about their life issues. Many causes of suicide are believed to stem from a mental illness within the person.
People around the world are increasing their knowledge on suicide by creating awareness with AFSP, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as other worldwide organizations. The man in New York City who jumped to his death while holding his son this morning was an unfortunate event that will cause incentive for people to work just that much harder to prevent suicide. With the different organizations dedicated to spreading suicide awareness, it is hoped that the suicide rates will drop in the near future.
By Anjulina MaComber