September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Mental health is on the forefront of people's minds as we continue to process the unprecedented times we are living in. Multiple factors (pandemics and other world events, political discourse, social pain and work stressors) have been shown in studies to be contributing factors in an alarming uptick of suicidal ideas and behaviors. Organizations can assist at-risk employees by fostering a culture of social-inclusion, offering benefits that include mental health options (EAPs, wellness stipends, stigma-free days off for mental health, for example), and by offering training to HR staff and management on how to identify employees who may be at risk.
Please visit the resources below if you or someone you know needs help:
Samaritans: For 47 years, Samaritans has provided lifesaving suicide prevention services in Massachusetts.
SAMHSA: If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is devoted to implementing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
CDC Suicide Facts: Suicide and suicide attempts cause serious emotional, physical, and economic impacts.