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By Lisa Jacobus, LICSW, Behavioral Health Consultant, Sun Life
There is no single cause for suicide and death by suicide feels tragic to everyone. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, according to the National Association of Mental Illness. This is a terrifying statistic and it’s important for all of us – our families, our communities—to understand the warning signs and know who to call for help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Teens and suicide: What parents should know (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
Help yourself: Access this informative infographic and more from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Find more information on warning signs by visiting The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
If a member of your team or community lost their life to suicide, it’s important not to silence the situation but use the experience to promote mental health treatment and recovery.
The National Center of suicide prevention has made the following recommendations about how we talk about suicide.
Using factual and direct language that is free of judgement of the person or the situation will help to create an environment where it will be safe to talk about mental health concerns.
Suicide is and always will be a sensitive issue, and with greater awareness, more people can recognize warning signs and help save a life.
We all spend a significant amount of time with our colleagues and sometimes in stressful situations. If you become concerned that one of your colleagues may be at risk for suicidal behavior, you should reach out to Human Resources. Depending on the circumstances, it may be appropriate for Human Resources to have a confidential discussion with the employee. Because these types of situations and conversations about them can raise both legal and employee relations concerns it is very important to involve Human Resources as soon as you become concerned.
This content is not to be considered legal advice. We recommend that Clients speak with legal counsel as necessary.
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