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Suicide and the Workplace

Thoughts of Suicide

If someone you know has an imminent threat of suicide, call 911.

Many people have thoughts of suicide at some time in their life. Frequently these thoughts are just thoughts, not intentions, and may be viewed as a symptom that something is wrong but are not cause for immediate alarm. However, when someone has thoughts of suicide, a plan on how to commit suicide, and the means to carry out the plan, one should seek help immediately.

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Sometimes there is no warning when an individual is contemplating suicide and no one could have been expected to foresee it. However, other times there may be visible changes in behavior before a suicide, or someone may talk about suicide. Early intervention has the best chance of being effective in preventing suicide. In the workplace managers or colleagues are in a unique position to inquire or express concern if someone exhibits warning signs of suicide.

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Coping After a Suicide

When a co-worker dies by suicide, it sends shockwaves throughout the organization. Employees are often disoriented by shock and strong emotional reactions. Managers need to deal with their own emotions while helping their staff through this difficult time. Resources such as the Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP) and Personal Assistance Service (PAS) can provide consultation to managers, and assistance to work groups, that have experienced a suicide.

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