Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

'Suicide Tourism' Jumps in New York

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

'Suicide Tourism' Jumps in New York

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NEW YORK, USA

New York is the most popular American destination for people to go and commit suicide. A new study says that one in 10 suicides in Manhattan between 1990 to 2004 were by out-of-towners, with high buildings such the Empire State Building being the preferred sites.

'These data suggest that there are individuals who travel to a distant location and take their lives,' said Prof. David Vlahov, Director of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at The New York Academy of Medicine. He also said that it was very difficult to say why it was occurring and the information was still very limited.

The report says there were a total of 7,634 suicides in New York City and while 94.7% were committed by residents, 5.3% (407) were by non-residents. Manhattan was the venue for 274 of those 407 non-resident suicides and accounts for more than 10% of all Manhattan-based suicides. The study also compared non-resident and resident suicide, showing the majority of the non-resident suicides were younger and a higher percentage were male. The most popular methods for non-residents were long fall from a tall building, hanging, overdose, drowning and firearms. …

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