Submitted by: Alejandra Juarez, New Directions
As suicide rates climb, it can be hard for HR leaders like you to know if or how you play a role in prevention. Startling statistics growing by the day means everyone can make a difference. As an employer, you can help. Here’s how:
- Build a healthy workplace: Create an environment that values employees and their families. Strive for a culture that promotes open communication, connection and respect.
- Promote mental health resources: Fear or stigma is a primary reason why people don’t seek mental health treatment. Constantly remind employees that it’s okay to reach out for help and use an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or behavioral health benefit. And start at the top – when employees see their CEO paying attention to mental health, they will too.
- Recognize and respond to suicide warning signs: The number one way to prevent suicide is to educate everyone to recognize the warning signs and respond quickly. Education can take place through manager training programs, company newsletter articles, lunch and learns, staff meetings or company intranets.
Learn more by downloading a free Suicide Awareness Month Resource Toolkit that includes facts about suicide, ways to prevent it and more on what employers can do. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, but any time of year is good to spread the word about suicide prevention. You can help bring hope. You might even save a life.
About New Directions – Founded in 1995, New Directions helps people live healthy, balanced lives. The fast-growing health care company provides managed behavioral health services, an employee assistance program (EAP), student assistance program, organizational consulting, and health coaching to private and public health plans, Fortune 100 companies, large and medium employers, and labor groups.