Washington — In an effort to prevent suicides, OSHA has published a new resource that features tips on how to identify and respond to warning signs.
“Suicide is a leading cause of death among working-age adults in the United States,” the agency says. “It deeply impacts workers, families and communities.”
OSHA’s tips for helping to prevent suicide:
Everyone can help prevent suicide: “Mental health and suicide can be difficult to talk about – especially with work colleagues – but your actions can make a difference. When you work closely with others, you may sense when something is wrong.”
Know the warning signs: “There is no single cause for suicide, but there are warning signs. Changes in behavior, mood or even what they say may signal someone is at risk. Take these signs seriously. It could save a life.”
Ask “Are you OK?”: “If you’re concerned about a co-worker, talk with them privately and listen without judgment. Encourage them to reach out to your employee assistance program, the human resources department or a mental health professional.”
If someone is in crisis, stay with them and get help: “If you believe a co-worker is at immediate risk of suicide, stay with them until you can get further help. Contact emergency services or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline” at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
OSHA highlights the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as an additional resource for information on risk factors, warning signs and what you can do to help prevent suicide.