Tallest building, middle, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC
The experience of seeing New York City 70 stories high from the view of the observation deck at the Top of the Rock is exciting for many visitors. Earlier this summer two guys passed me holding a sign that read 'Leaving America Today, Out of Money, Must See Top of Rock.'- They learned New York quickly; Yet it is a very serious matter when one decides to make it their last view in life, as one suicide survivor on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.
As I walked toward my job from lunch I saw people in the streets pointing up. No cars where coming down the street. I wondered along with others, what the heck was everyone looking at? A lady pointed out to me a man at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, site of Top of the Rock and and NBC Studios. I was told the man was trying to commit suicide.
Here is a video by the NY Post which specifies how responders dealt with the situation. Can you imagine? He lost his job, felt he could not go on and apologised to the responders. It is not by chance this occurred in the heart of New York City, one of the top international travel destinations in world. We obviously must pay more attention to assist in suicide prevention and education. Click here for the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
This man mentioned today is not the first or last person to want to attempt suicide. According the the World Health Organization, "Every year, almost one million people die from suicide; a "global" mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 years in some countries, and the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group; these figures do not include suicide attempts which are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicide."
Befrienders Worldwide - Offers suicide prevention support throughout the world. Browse the directory listing by country http://www.befrienders.org/.For USA Call- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)and visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for a free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis.
ThresholdWorld invites you to join us on World Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday, September 10, 2011 to light a candle near the windows of Rapha(Healing)Evangelistic Worship Center, 78 Saratoga Avenue in Brooklyn NY 11233 at 8pm to show support for Suicide Prevention, to remember a loved one and for the survivors of suicide. Look, Live and Be Blessed! Peace.