Suicide Prevention in the workplace
Talking about suicide is difficult for most people. Due to the stigma associated with this topic, many will find it challenging to open up to their loved ones about suicide-related thoughts. They will conceal their struggles and intentions, leading those around them to think that they don’t need any support.
The difficulty in predicting whether someone will commit suicide is one of the most challenging aspects of this topic. According to the Office for National Statistics, In England, the suicide rate in 2020 was 10.0 per 100,000. The most vulnerable are men aged 45-49, with a rate of 23.8 per 100,000. Males in general (15.3 per 100,000) are three times more likely to end their lives compared to women (4.9 per 100,000). It is not a coincidence that men — who are discouraged from showing emotion and talking about their struggles — are the leading gender to commit suicide. Building up unexpressed pain and frustration can lead people to feel like they cannot cope anymore, and the most obvious solution is death.
Organisational prevention strategies
Workplaces have an obligation to take preventative measures against suicidal death. This means that all organisations must have clear policies that protect employee wellbeing and minimise psychological distress.