What You Can Do:

Preparing Your Workplace To Respond To A Crisis Situation

Especially in these difficult times, the better prepared your office is to respond to staff crises, emotional problems and potential suicidal situations, the more stability you will add to the daily workplace, and the more you will increase your ability to maintain a safe, supportive and productive work environment.

Be Pro-Active Not Re-Active

Make helping employees who are dealing with anxiety, trauma, loss and major life changes a corporate priority and educate staff with regard to the keys to effective identification and guidelines to responding.

Get Executive Staff ‘Buy-In’

Evaluations of suicide prevention programs that have proved successful, saved lives and increased staff morale have found that the key to effectiveness is buy-in from executive staff and management.

Promote Helping Responses

Encourage staff to suspend their judgment when responding to someone who is having emotional or personal problems, is depressed or in crisis and to engage that person in a supportive manner.

Take All Talk Of Suicide Seriously

In the same way that, "See something, say something," has become a public behavior promoted by our government, businesses that take all talk of depression and suicide seriously will reduce their level of crises.

Establish Clear Procedures To Follow

After a suicide, many people say that they could tell that something was wrong or that the person was behaving differently but they did not know what to say or do when they saw that someone was in crisis.

Better Market And Promote EAP Services

Research finds that though many middle managers believe assisting employees with depression is part of their job, only 18% have received the training necessary to identify depression and intervene successfully.

Have Emergency List At Your Fingertips

The more prepared you and your staff are, the more you know about immediately accessible resources, the better you and your business will be at responding to any and all kinds of crisis situations.

Provide Information And Education

Use office bulletin boards, meetings, newsletters, e-mail correspondence, small office events, trainings, etc. to promote the message that help is available and to encourage staff members to look out for each other.