10 September 2021 is World Suicide Prevention Day, an event intended to raise awareness about one of the ultimate human costs – the loss of life through suicide.
Did you know that approximately 6,000 people commit suicide in any one year in the UK? This tragic figure has ripple effects that are felt across families, communities and workplaces alike. With regards to the latter, colleagues are often left to deal with the impacts of trauma, grief and shifts in work relationships.
What’s more, the pandemic has led to an increase in work-related suicide, with factors such as work stress, anxiety, job insecurity and work/life balance influencing the decisions employees make. Even prior to the pandemic, around 15% of employees were found to have symptoms of an existing mental health condition. This reality has been exacerbated by widespread disruption to the economy, workplaces and people’s lives.
Employers can play a critical role in addressing suicide in the workforce and helping to protect employees from contributing factors such as stress, workload, anxiety, isolation and burnout.
Employers should also lead the way in breaking stigmas about mental health and ensuring that employees have access to appropriate support should they need it. Tackling stigmas and creating support through the provision of relevant training and education should form part of any organisation’s long-term employee health and wellbeing strategy.
This World Suicide Prevention Day, we encourage employers across the UK to follow these 5 simple steps for creating a more positive and supportive environment for employees.
Thrive4Life is at your side in helping businesses safeguard the health and wellbeing of their employees
Our training services include Line Manager Training, Wellbeing Champion Training and Mental Health First Aid. We can help your business with putting together a health and wellbeing promotion campaign. Our promotional services include educational webinars delivered by health and wellbeing experts, as well as health and wellbeing newsletters and other digital content.
 Thriving at Work: The Stevenson/Farmer Review of Mental Health and Employers, October 2017, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658145/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdf