Suicide at Work

Today on the podcast, I talk about a topic that is very emotive and challenging – suicide. 

When a team member completes suicide, it affects more than just the family of that person. 

While members of the family feel the effects the most, suicide affects the entire workplace and have a devastating impact on teams and team morale.

In today’s show, I talk about:

  • How people with suicidal thoughts tend to feel at their lowest point. [01:32]
  • Some shocking statistics about suicide in the UK. [02:12]
  • What causes people to think about taking their own life. [03:28]
  • Signs to look out for that show a team member might be at risk of suicide. [04:03]
  • What you can do to help a team member who might be thinking of taking their own life. [05:59]

After listening to this episode, you are going to realise how we can all play a role in preventing suicide at work, and how you can do your bit to help.

Here are some helpful resources I mentioned in this episode:

Some statistics about suicide

  • London has one of the lowest suicide rates, whereas the Northeast and the South West have higher rates. 
  • The real figure for suicide is about 5 to 22 percent higher due to coroners criteria.
  • Each suicide impacts around 100 people in terms of friends, family, and colleagues that knew them.

Quotes

  • Suicide is a public health issue.
  • The workplace is the right place to talk about suicide.
  • I do think we all have a role to play when it comes to suicide.
  • People are very skilled at wearing a mask and you might not always be able to tell if someone is suicidal.
  • Often, there’s a misconception that people who talk about suicide frequently, won’t actually take their own life. And I would say that’s not true.

What next?

Do you want to do more to help your staff understand suicide? It’s a big topic and this is just the beginning of the iceberg. 

You can work with me on a one-day awareness course. We’ll be able to go into more depth about these topics. Your staff will feel more confident and you’ll be building a mentally healthy community. 

Email me at leyla@diverseminds.co.uk or book a time to chat more.

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