Resources for Workplace Suicide Prevention

The majority of people who die by suicide are of working age.  The workplace offers crucial opportunities to help employees who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, or the aftermath of a suicide death. The participation of business leaders, employers, managers, and coworkers is critical to the success of suicide prevention among working age adults.  Every place of employment, regardless of size, can offer assistance.

Some of the steps that can be taken to promote suicide prevention in the workplace are to:

Have information about mental health and crisis supports, such as posters, brochures, and tent cards, readily available and on display in common areas.  The Know the Signs campaign has created suicide prevention materials in several formats and languages. To request materials, contact Know the Signs at [email protected]  All campaign materials can be viewed and downloaded for free from http://resource-center.yourvoicecounts.org.

 

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Ensure that Employee Assistance Program counselors and Human Resources department staff are trained in suicide prevention, specifically recognizing and responding to suicide risk.Suicide prevention trainings are available for many different audiences.  Their lengths are from 1-2 hours to 2 days, and options are available for in person or online modules.  See the following web sites for more information:

 

Have a plan in place in the event of a crisis, but also for what would happen in the aftermath of the suicide of an employee.  When these plans are in place before a crisis occurs, similarly to those for other emergencies, it is much more likely that people will know where to find the help they need, and the impact of negative events can be greatly reduced.

Several organizations have developed tools for developing workplace suicide prevention and mental health programs:Wellness Works is a workplace mental health training program that offers tools and support for organizations to build their capacity to promote mental wellness in the workplace.

 

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Working Minds offers a suicide prevention toolkit and other resources to support businesses that are interested in developing a suicide prevention program.  Included is the Manager’s Guide to Suicide Prevention , which suggests 10 action steps for dealing with the aftermath of a suicide that affects the workplace.

 

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The Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers a useful information sheet on the role of coworkers in suicide prevention.

The national Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has a work place task force that has several resources available online to support program planning.

 

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Visit SuicideIsPreventable.org to learn the warning signs for suicide and find local resources in your county. If you or someone you know may be at risk, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help. Answered locally by trained crisis center staff, this resource is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day