General Suicide Prevention in the Workplace 

Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace Training

The 2-hour Working Minds Training gives participants the tools and skills to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. The program builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving.Working Minds was developed to address a gap in suicide prevention programming for those of working age. The toolkit was built on best practices and the insights of mental health service providers, human resource professionals, and top suicide prevention experts from across the country. 


Role of Managers in Preventing Suicide

Role of Coworkers in Preventing Suicide

Provides basic information to help managers and employees recognize coworkers who may be at risk of suicide. Provides relevant resource materials and organizations. 


A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace

10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide in the Workplace.This guide provides clear steps for postvention giving leadership a sense of how to immediately respond to the traumatic event, have a plan in the short-term for recovery, and consider long-term strategies for helping employees cope down the line. The collaborators worked to create a set of guidelines that are useful across varied types of workplaces, and they expect a range of individuals within these organizations and companies to find the information immediately helpful.


Job Specific Resources

Harvest of Hope - Wisconsin Family Farm Crisis Fund 

Harvest of Hope's goal is to provide financial help and hope to Wisconsin farm families in difficult situations. The Harvest of Hope Fund provides gifts to farm families who need financial assistance to meet emergency needs for food, home heating fuel, medical or veterinary expenses, electric power cut-offs, climatic conditions (drought, floods, frost, hail), feed for cattle, machinery repair, retraining, or other immediate situations. Funding is also available to purchase seed, fertilizer, fuel, and other supplies for spring planting. Wisconsin farm families with needs in any of these areas are encouraged to apply for funds.

Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide for Funeral Directors 

This guide provides critical information and practical advice to help funeral directors better serve people who are bereaved by a suicide loss. It also suggests useful resources for suicide loss survivors. The second edition is a collaboration of Education Development Center (EDC) and Samaritans, Inc., with input from funeral directors, psychologists, and suicide loss survivors.

Highlights of the second edition include:

  • Updated information on topics such as common experiences of suicide loss survivors and services that funeral directors should consider providing to them
  • Updated and expanded resource list
  • A new table containing preferred ways to communicate with suicide loss survivors
  • A new section on the role of funeral directors as community leaders

Construction Industry Blueprint for Suicide Prevention 

This guide provides information for construction executives to make suicide prevention a health and safety priority and gives managers guidelines on healthy approaches and prevention measures. It is intended to assist the construction industry workplaces in building capacity to better prevent suicide.


Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement 

This report and video provides guidance on what departments can do toward establishing a supportive environment. It also provides resources for further information. The video is accompanied by a discussion guide designed to help officers start a discussion about suicide among law enforcement.


Ask, Support, Know - A Training Course for Veterinary Professionals 

According to the CDC, one in six veterinarians considers suicide, and male veterinarians are 2.1 times more likely to die as a result of suicide than the general population, while female veterinarians are 3.5 times more likely. Banfield Pet Hospital® developed a suicide-prevention training called “ASK – Assess, Support, Know,” the first of its kind designed specifically to help veterinary professionals recognize and address emotional distress and suicidal thoughts in others. 


After Suicide - A Postvention Toolkit for Physician Residency/Fellowship Programs 

This toolkit provides guidance in the event of a trainee’s death by suicide within a physician residency or fellowship program. 


Suicide Rates by Industry and Occupation (SPRC, May 2020)

Industries and occupations at increased suicide risk would benefit from workplace prevention strategies that promote employee wellness. Programs that encourage help-seeking, train staff to recognize and respond to suicide risk, reduce access to lethal means for those at risk, and create opportunities for employee social connectedness could be especially useful.