What Organisations Can Do To Support Suicide Prevention

Organisational environments e.g. workplaces, universities, colleges, sports clubs, community groups can be used to promote positive mental health and help raise awareness in preventing suicide.

This page suggests actions your organisation could take as well as providing links to further reading materials relating to suicide awareness, prevention and after a suicide in the workplace.

Please also go to our Resources page to access learning resources that have been developed to help workforces to raise awareness of issues that surround mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention.

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ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE WITHIN YOUR ORGANISATION

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Promote positivity

Promote a positive and supportive environment towards all current and prospective employees around mental health and wellbeing.

Provide support

Provide non-judgmental and proactive support to staff who are experiencing mental distress.

Never assume

Do not make assumptions about the person who is experiencing mental distress and take the time to engage in a healthy conversation about how best to support them.

Easily accessible information

Ensure all employees have access to information and learning around suicide awareness and supporting mental health in the workplace.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS TAKE ACTION

Healthy Working Lives

Health and Safety Executive

Talking Toolkit – Preventing Work Related Stress: https://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/assets/docs/stress-talking-toolkit.pdf

Mental Health At Work

Mental Health At Work, a subsidiary of Mental Health Foundation, enables workplaces to understand, manage and promote mental health: https://www.mhaw.uk.com/

Samaritans

Workplace Staff Training - Delivering training to organisations through courses including ‘Conversations with vulnerable people’ ‘Managing suicidal conversations’ and ‘Building resilience and wellbeing’: https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/how-we-can-help/workplace/workplace-staff-training/

SAMH

Whether you’re an employee worried about your own or a colleague’s mental health or an employer thinking about staff wellbeing – there are many ways that SAMH can help - https://www.samh.org.uk/get-involved/workplace

See Me

Stigma and discrimination in work is a key issue for many employers and employees, for those trying to get a job and for people returning to work following a period of ill-health. Find out more about creating a mentally healthy work environment: https://www.seemescotland.org/workplace/