World Suicide Prevention Day

One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide and it can reach into any family. Just let that statistic sink in for a moment. 1 in every 100!

In the UK men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women.

Work can for many be a source of great stress, but we can all play a part in trying to prevent these tragic deaths, as companies and individuals.

There is still so much stigma around mental health and suicide so here are some steps employers can take to help their staff who may be struggling:

  • Talk about it - highlight awareness days at work such as World Suicide Prevention Day, bring people in to talk about their experiences or ask a local mental health charity to run a seminar. Let people who may be suffering know they are not alone.

  • Create a positive, compassionate, open company culture, one where people with mental health issues do not feel under pressure to hide their illness.

  • Ensure there is support within the company so people feel they have someone to talk to they can trust. Think about training mental health first aiders and ensuring staff understand who they are and how they can help.

  • Have helpline details available on your intranet wellbeing hub or in areas such as toilets or break out spaces so people know where to go for help.

Mental health at work produce a toolkit for employers called Reducing the risk of suicide - you can download it here

If you are concerned about your own mental health, or are having suicidal thoughts, contact: or call 116 123

National suicide prevention helpline UK 0800 689 5652

Don't suffer in silence.

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