Suicide Prevention

New Zealand’s suicide rate has reached an all time high, with 685 deaths as of June 2019. Furthermore, the WHO recently released a report stating ‘despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide’ (more).

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

If You’re Worried About Someone 

We may feel huge concern for a friend or colleague, but how do we turn this into support without invading their privacy?

Suicides are preventable. If you believe someone is suffering from suicidal thoughts, don’t be afraid to ask them directly. It can be hard for people to open up and express how they’re truly feeling, but showing that you care can literally save their life.

For more tips on supporting your peers, click here.

If You’re Having Suicidal Thoughts

If you are the one who is experiencing despair, you are not alone! Many people have had suicidal thoughts but have found a way through. It may feel scary and lonely, but seeking help and reaching out to someone you trust is important.

Moreover, you can get help by contacting Lifeline on 0800 543354 and the Samaritans on 0800 726 666. There are also some anonymous discussion forums here.

Might work pressures be contributing to the situation? If so, speak up and let your employer know. Your employer can help reduce any distress your job may be causing.

There are two documents that may be useful: “Managing Stress & Fatigue in the Workplace“, and WorkSafe NZ’s “Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying“.

Working Wise also provides services to help tackle the issue of workplace bullying and building a more inclusive and positive work culture. Contact us now by filling out our online contact form or call us on 04 499 0710 to find out more about our programmes.

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