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National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention

National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention:

Take the Pledge to Make Suicide Prevention a Health and Safety Priority

By: Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., Co-Chair, Workplace Suicide Prevention and Postvention Committee, American Association of Suicidology

"Because most suicide deaths do not occur at a worksite, suicide has not historically been “on the radar” of safety professionals. When a workplace fatality happens, the cause is almost always determined to be “accidental” and a more thorough investigation is not undertaken. Since a deeper inspection is not done, the only remedy suggested is more safety training. While safety training will help those who did not intend self-harm, it will not benefit those whose death is intentional. Suicide prevention efforts are needed..."

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