Man Jumps to Death from Upper West Side Building

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Police responded to a call at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday about an unresponsive man in the courtyard of 585 West End Avenue, a sixteen-story rental building located on the corner of West 88th Street.

When officers arrived, they found a 44-year-old male unconscious on the ground.

EMS pronounced the man deceased at the scene.

No criminality is suspected and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

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Despite similar tragedies taking place just this week – with a man found dead in Central Park and an eleven-year-old boy found dead at an Upper West Side migrant center, both from apparent suicides – a recent study dispels the myth that the holiday season is linked to higher suicide rates.

“…as years of national data show, the winter holiday months usually have low average daily suicide rates, with December the lowest of all,” according to the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which earlier this year conducted a survey showing that “4 out of 5 adults incorrectly picked the month of December” as the month with the highest rate of suicide.

The research center also called out news organizations for perpetuating the myth.

“In our new media analysis, we find that of the newspaper stories during the 2022-23 holiday season that explicitly connected the holidays with suicide, 60% correctly debunked the myth while 40% incorrectly supported it.”

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, counselors are available 24/7 to listen and support you at NYC Well. Call 1-888-NYC-WELL to speak with someone, or visit nycwell.cityofnewyork.us for more resources.

If you live outside of NYC, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.


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