Menlo Park Police Department received a 9-1-1 call on Thursday around 11:30 a.m. reporting an employee at Facebook’s headquarters had jumped to his death.
The male employee reportedly jumped to his death from the fourth floor of a building in Menlo Park known as MPK 27, located at 162 Jefferson Drive. The unidentified man was found unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived on the scene and they were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive him.
“Firefighters and paramedics administered medical aid but were unable to revive the victim,” the Menlo Park Police Department said in a statement. “The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
A Facebook spokeswoman later confirmed the person who jumped from the building was indeed employed there.
“We were saddened to learn that one of our employees passed away at our Menlo Park headquarters earlier today,” the spokeswoman said in an email. “We’re cooperating with police in their investigation and providing support to employees. While the family is being notified, we have no information to share.”
The tech giant recently updated some of their policies around how they manage “policies, practices and products supporting those at risk of suicide or self-injury” just nine days ago on World Suicide Prevention Day.
In a blog post published on September 10th, 2019, Facebook states, “We’ll continue to invest in people, technology and resources so that we can do more to protect people on our apps. Visit our Suicide Prevention Resource page to learn more about what’s available. “
“Earlier this year, we began hosting regular consultations with experts from around the world to discuss some of the more difficult topics associated with suicide and self-injury. These include how we deal with suicide notes, the risks of sad content online and newsworthy depictions of suicide. Further details of these meetings are available on Facebook’s new Suicide Prevention page in our Safety Center.“
-Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety, Facebook Newsroom Blog Post 9/10/19
The Menlo Park Police Department have indicated no foul play in their preliminary investigation into the man’s death.
This story is still developing.
Suicide Lifeline: If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online.
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