Most of the people who die by suicide are of working age. And yet many workplaces may not be prepared to help employees at risk for suicide or respond to a suicide death.
Promoting mental health and wellness in the workplace will not only support suicide prevention but also increase productivity and well-being among workers. Many workplaces already have resources in place that can be used to support suicide prevention and postvention (assistance in the aftermath of a suicide).
Workplace Suicide Prevention and Postvention
The Action Alliance (Workplace Task Force) has worked closely with its partners to develop the following resources:
- Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention, an online resource that provides guidance to workplaces on how to develop a comprehensive suicide prevention program.
- A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace, a guide that presents 10 action steps for addressing the aftermath of a suicide.
Current work is focusing on two occupations linked to an increased risk of suicide: public safety and construction.