Jumper (suicide)

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This young woman was persuaded not to jump off a building in Dallas, Texas, by police officers.[1]

A jumper, in police and media parlance, is a person who plans to fall (or already has fallen) from a potentially deadly height, usually with intent to commit suicide. The term includes successfully-fatal suicides and also those people who survive the attempt. The latter are often left with major injuries and permanent disabilities from the impact-related injuries.[2] A frequent scenario is that the jumper will sit on an elevated highway or building-ledge as police attempt to talk them down. Potential jumpers are sometimes encouraged to jump by observers, an effect known as "suicide baiting".[3]

Popular songs "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind, "Spring" by Rammstein, "Jumpers" by Sleater-Kinney, "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey, and "Fall" by Stephan Nance incorporate "jumping" as their main theme.[4][5]

The highest documented suicide jump was by expert skydiver Charles Bruce who committed suicide[6] by leaping without a parachute from an airplane at an altitude of over 5,000 feet (1,500 m).[7]

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  1. ^ "Flickr photos document young woman's near-attempt to jump off building in downtown Dallas". Pegasus News. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Attempted Suicide Horrors". Suicide.org!. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  3. ^ Mann L. (1981.) "The baiting crowd in episodes of threatened suicide". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 41(4):703 – 9.
  4. ^ Bell, Crystal (20 July 2012). "Lana Del Rey 'Summertime Sadness' Video: Jaime King Is Lana's Suicidal Lesbian Lover". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Stephan Nance Lyrics". Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Rebecca Allison "Suicide Verdict - Depressed pilot leapt to death", The Guardian, 21 June 2002.
  7. ^ "SAS Soldier dies in plane plunge", CNN World News, 10 January 2002