Workplaces are communities. People spend a lot of time at work and their colleagues often become like family. As in all communities, workplaces are affected by suicide when people in those workplaces know of someone who has died by suicide. When an employee, co-worker, client, vendor, or family member of an employee has died by suicide, the workplace more directly experiences the tragedy and trauma of that loss.

It is essential then that workplaces play a critical role in suicide prevention and the promotion of hope and resiliency. There are many things workplaces can do to improve the quality of life for their employees and help save lives — simple things that cost little or nothing at all and yet make a big difference. What does your workplace know about suicide and suicide prevention? What is your workplace doing? Are you doing your part?

Becoming a suicide-safer workplace is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business. A psychologically healthy and compassionate workplace actively promotes a worker’s psychological well-being and works to prevent harm to their mental health. A psychologically safe and healthy work place does more than recognize an employee’s years of service it recognizes the whole person, their life transitions, challenges, celebrations, setbacks, struggles and losses. As a result, workplaces are more likely to be safer, more hopeful, productive, and resilient.