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Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

Increased stress, anxiety and depression are all side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some people, this translates to feelings of hopelessness, despair, or even suicidal thoughts. We need to have meaningful conversations in the workplace about suicide, to provide support and resources, and to bring hope to someone who may be struggling with the thought of suicide.

Use this guide to navigate those difficult conversations. It offers information for your own mental health and for employers, managers, and co-workers, along with tips for those who work with the public.

Just talking about suicide is one of the best ways to prevent it.

Crisis conversation guide

When speaking to someone (or observing their behaviours), the following steps can be taken to help them get the appropriate information, resources, and support they need.

  • Have a conversation about their feelings and what you have observed.
  • Ask the person if they are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Ask if they have a plan.
  • Help them put together a plan for safety.
  • Focus on what the person can do, not what they can’t do.
  • If you are unable to stay with them until they are in a safe place, have an alternative plan in place so they are not left alone during this difficult time.
  • Call emergency services if you are unable to engage them in a safety plan and you are concerned about your conversation with them.

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