Depression is treatable.
Suicide is preventable.
Working Minds: Promoting help giving and help seeking in the workplace
How Mentally Healthy is Your Workplace?
1. Can people who are suicidal or in mental health crises get support and referrals to appropriate care?
2. Does the workplace promote mental health or reinforce discrimination?
Depression ranks among the top three workplace problems for employee assistance professionals following only family crisis and stress.
The annual economic cost of depression in 1995 was $600 per depressed worker. Nearly one-third of these costs are for treatment and 72% are costs related to absenteeism and lost productivity.
Almost 15% of those suffering from severe depression will die by suicide.
Working Minds brings a difficult subject into the open giving co-workers basic information about suicidal risk and equiping them to know what steps to take if they are worried about someone.
The Goals of Working Minds
- To educate and create awareness of suicide prevention
- To create a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges
- To promote help-seeking and help-giving in the workplace
- Lunch Hour - 1 Hour Presentation
- In-service - 1 1/2 Hour Presentation
- Half-Day Intensive - 3 1/2 Hour Workshop
The loss of a co-worker to suicide can be devastating for surviving friends and co-workers. Businesses experiencing such a loss should consider hosting a post-suicide response.