Health and Wellness, Personnel Safety

Suicide Risk Is High. Do Your Manager Know the Signs?

When we think about workplace violence, thoughts turn to shootings and other person-to-person violence. But suicide is also a serious risk. Keep reading for important information about the signs that an employee may be considering taking his or her own life and to find out which industry’s workers are especially at risk.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that in 2015, four percent of American adults 18 and older thought seriously about suicide during the past 12 months. More than 42,000 people in the United States die at their own hand each year, and the rates for completed suicide remain at historically high levels, up 27 percent since 2000. People who drank alcohol and used illicit drugs in the past year had significantly higher levels of suicidal thoughts and actions than the general adult population.
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