Jumper at National Capital Hospital

johnboy 5 February 2009 103

Word reaches us that there’s a “jumper” at the National Capital Hospital right now.

More news on this as it comes to hand.


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UPDATED: Readers will, I am sure, be pleased to know that after a 6 hour incident the man in question was talked safely down off the roof. I hear he was a psych outpatient unhappy with his treatment and the threat to jump followed a period of cavorting naked through the wards.


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sunshine sunshine 8:01 pm 04 Feb 09

how about giving this poor person a bit of privacy

LlamaFrog LlamaFrog 8:07 pm 04 Feb 09

this should not be reported, poor taste.

johnboy johnboy 8:14 pm 04 Feb 09

Well, obviously I disagree.

Nosey Nosey 8:33 pm 04 Feb 09

Sorry JB but I have to agree with #1 and #2.

The disrespectfull Canberra Times and other media outlets don’t report on suicidal type stories for reasons regarding respect for the person and family involved.

RA should do the same.

RA has a rep to protect… unlike the CT!!!!

willo willo 8:33 pm 04 Feb 09

well… at least he is in the right place to recieve immediate medical attention

el el 8:33 pm 04 Feb 09

Huh? I can’t see a jumper in either the google image or on the site linked above.

Roadrage77 Roadrage77 8:38 pm 04 Feb 09

I really don’t see how an internet forum is invading the privacy of someone who’s sitting on a hospital roof.

sunshine sunshine 8:42 pm 04 Feb 09

Nosey said :

Sorry JB but I have to agree with #1 and #2.

The disrespectfull Canberra Times and other media outlets don’t report on suicidal type stories for reasons regarding respect for the person and family involved.

RA should do the same.

RA has a rep to protect… unlike the CT!!!!

couldn’t agree more……let’s not go here JB.

DrShrink DrShrink 8:54 pm 04 Feb 09

No one’s privacy is being invaded through this story, but it’d be nice to hear about this story at its end (successful talk down/tragic loss) rather than as a tease sending our hearts and keyboard bound fingers racing.

Lets hope they came down ok.

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 8:57 pm 04 Feb 09

why is this news?

f%$# this place has gone downhill…

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 8:58 pm 04 Feb 09

Huh? I can’t see a jumper in either the google image or on the site linked above

*rolls eyes*

It’s not live unless you use Google Earth.

Deckard Deckard 8:59 pm 04 Feb 09

It’s news. Sad news. But this is a news forum.

It’s also in a very public place, so it’s a little hard to hide. It was widely reported when that woman jumped off the top floor in the Belconnen Mall.

Bowlo Bowlo 9:05 pm 04 Feb 09

Bring back public hangings as well? This warped pleasure in the misfortune of this person, and their family and friends, does not do RA proud.

Deckard Deckard 9:08 pm 04 Feb 09

Who says we’re getting pleasure out if it?

grundy grundy 9:17 pm 04 Feb 09

I’m with JB on this one.

If it was someone trying to end a long life in the privacy of their own home, let them be… but this, this is a tad more public and affects the public as well.
So report away!

NickD NickD 9:23 pm 04 Feb 09

The reason why the media normally doesn’t report suicides is because it can influence other people who are considering killing themselves (who’s state of mind, it can’t be stressed enough, isn’t very rational). The news value of a mentally ill person trying to kill themselves is nil, and there’s no reason for this story to be here.

threepaws threepaws 9:29 pm 04 Feb 09

Agree NickD. Public suicides are generally reported on afterwards, if there were witnesses (such as the Belco incident).

Why report on this now? Why don’t you just call lifeline and see if you can get some info on how many suicidal people are out there tonight, find out where they live and go and peer through their windows?

This doesn’t affect the puclic if you don’t see it, and shame on anyone who goes to stickybeak.

threepaws threepaws 9:30 pm 04 Feb 09

… public…

You You 9:30 pm 04 Feb 09

Usually people that attempt to kill themselves in public aren’t looking for a bit of privacy.

threepaws threepaws 9:33 pm 04 Feb 09

Usually people that try and kill themselves aren’t thinking straight either.

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