Suicide Prevention

Suicide remains a taboo subject in most workplaces, despite the legal recognition of mental health as a component of health and safety.

We may feel huge concern for a colleague, but how do we turn this into support without invading their privacy? Here are some tips that may help:

If you are the one who is experiencing despair, here are some words which we sincerely hope might be useful: Lifeline is available 24/7 on 0800 543354 and the Samaritans are on 0800 726 666. There are also some anonymous discussion forums here:

Might work pressures be contributing to the situation? If so, speak up! There are two documents that may be relevant: “Morale, distress and healthy work” is here: and “Preventing and responding to workplace bullying” is here:

Working Wise also provides services to help tackle the issue of workplace bullying and building a more inclusive work culture. Contact us now on 04 499 0710 to find out more.

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