Suicide is a leading cause of death among working age adults in the United States. Industry leaders and employers can make a difference and save lives by addressing mental health and suicide prevention in the workplace. Like all workplace fatalities, suicides can be prevented.

Know the Warning Signs of Suicide

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness the following behaviors indicate suicide risk:

  • Increased alcohol and drug use
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and community
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior
  • Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon
  • Giving away possessions
  • Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family.

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Suicide Prevention Resources

Organizational commitment to workplace mental health and well-being helps to reduce the stigma of mental illness, and increases access to critical resources.  Join in workplace suicide prevention efforts by raising awareness and providing resources that could make a difference. Like other workplace fatalities, there are measures employers can take to help prevent suicide.

 General Suicide Prevention Resources

Workplace Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Videos

  • How Do I Ask if Someone is Ok? (8:17 minutes, PBS – YouTube Video)
    In this video, a licensed therapist brings together three young people to share their lived experience with suicide and how to ask someone if they're having thoughts of suicide.
  • First Aid for Mental Health (17:51 minutes, TEDx Talks – YouTube Video)
    Thomas Ihde talks about the uncomfortable side of mental health, about stigma, and how we can change it by stepping into someone else's shoes.
Suicide & High-Risk Industries

Statistically, some industries are considered high risk for suicide.  According to CDC data, suicide deaths are highest in the following five industry groups:

  1. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
  2. Construction
  3. Other Services, like automotive repair
  4. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting
  5. Transportation and Warehousing

 Occupation Specific Suicide Prevention Resources



Suicide Prevention Toolbox Talks