5 Things You Should Know
Suicide is a leading cause of death among working age adults in the United States. It deeply impacts workers, families, and communities. Fortunately, like
other workplace fatalities, suicides can be prevented.
Below are 5 things to know about preventing suicide.
Everyone can help prevent suicide.
Mental health and suicide can be difficult to talk about—especially with
work colleagues—but your actions can make a difference. When you
work closely with others, you may sense when something is wrong.
Know the warning signs of suicide.
There is no single cause for suicide but there are warning signs.
Changes in behavior, mood, or even what they say may signal
someone is at risk. Take these signs seriously. It could save a life.
Ask “Are you okay?”
If you are concerned about a coworker, talk with them privately,
and listen without judgment. Encourage them to reach out to your
Employee Assistance Program (EAP), the human resources (HR)
department, or a mental health professional.
If someone is in crisis, stay with them and get help.
If you believe a coworker is at immediate risk of suicide, stay with
them until you can get further help. Contact emergency services or
the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
Suicide prevention resources are available.