Ed. note: an earlier version of this article used male pronouns based on the information available at the time. We have been informed the associate was female, confirmed this information with the NYPD, and have updated pronouns in this article. We have also removed a link to a dubious outside source.
I debated even posting this at all but everyone is already talking about it and maybe it will encourage someone reading it to get help if they too are struggling.
On Thursday, a recently-hired audit associate working out of KPMG’s New York City office at 345 Park Avenue committed suicide. It is understood that the deceased jumped from the building. Her name has not been released.
Going Concern has been furnished a copy of the firm’s communication on the internal site. It is uncharacteristically transparent, and we commend KPMG leadership for openly and candidly addressing the issue. The communication is transcribed below:
We want to share difficult and sad news with you. On January 26, we learned that one of our NY Audit associates, who joined the firm earlier this month, tragically died. We are still gathering the facts, but our understanding from the NYPD is our colleague died by suicide. We’re all deeply saddened by this loss. Over the past 24 hours, we’ve focused on supporting our colleagues and engagement teams in the New York hub and our colleague’s family during this incredibly difficult time, while also respecting their need for privacy and space.
We will continue to come together to discuss the importance of suicide prevention and mental health challenges, while partnering with external experts to guide our actions and benefits.
It is important that we care for ourselves and our colleagues. In addition to reaching out to PMLs or other colleagues for help, if you or your teams need additional assistance, please leverage the Employee Assistance Program, which is available through Resources for Living [Ed. note: we have removed the login information the firm included here]. Or, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
Thank you for all you do and take care.
Paul and Laura
Said our tipster:
My initial reaction was shock. Literally my jaw dropped. But honestly I’m not really surprised. The firm encouraged public jobs to move controls work forward earlier into the year so that this time of year there would be less peaks in the traditional busy season. It has worked for some engagements but not for others, it made no difference. Just a lot of stress all around and short handed etc etc.
Our deepest sympathies go out to her family. And seriously, PLEASE speak up if you are in crisis. It doesn’t have to be to your colleagues or the firm, just talk to someone. This is an issue of personal significance to me, believe me when I say you are not alone.