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1 Suicide Prevention Presentation to Senior Management

2 2 Impact of Suicide Major public health concern that affects businesses, families and communities 30,000 deaths and 750,000 suicide attempts and self-injuries annually 4% of American Adult (8.4 million individuals) have contemplated suicide One in 14 employees suffer from depression at any one time, representing more than 200 million lost workdays lost each year with an annual cost of $44 billion nationally Most individuals never seek counseling first

3 3 Business Costs Annual cost of workforce-related suicides in calculated at approximately $11.8 billion in 1998 dollars (Institute of Medicine) CDC reports that suicide attempts result in up to 700,000 emergency room visits each year Long-term costs of treating non-fatal suicide attempts, including lifelong disability, are unknown Nearly 2/3 of all suicide occur among the nation’s workforce.

4 4 Prevention Strategy Greater chance of success with community involvement, including the workplace Promote EAP availability to employees and family members Educate managers and supervisors – signs to look for and how to respond Develop and communicate clear policies and procedures related to suicide, violence and management referrals to EAP Outreach communications

5 5 Prevention Goals Enable individuals who may be at risk to contact the EAP Minimize suicide risk factors Reinforce suicide protective factors, thereby reducing suicide risks

6 6 Diverse Communications Ongoing EAP promotions –Newsletters, e-mails, posters, brochures, ect. On-site seminars facilitated by EAP professionals –Depression –Coping With Loss –Conflict Resolution –Building Resilience –Substance Abuse

7 7 Diverse Communications Web-based resources (Achieve Solutions) –Articles and resources –Interactive quizzes –Manager’s Tools –English and Spanish –Can be used in company newsletters Tip sheets distributed throughout organization –Depression –Suicide warning signs –Overcoming stigma of mental illness

8 8 Requirements for Success Strong support of senior management to ensure visibility and attention Commitment from internal communications team(s) Participation at all levels of the organization

9 9 Requirements Distribute to every employee a memo announcing the suicide prevention initiative and reiterating management support Sponsor on-site seminars or brown-bag lunches Communicate and promote education through a series of materials, in print and/or online

10 10 Results Increased rate of referral to EAP Enhanced productivity by addressing underlying issues Minimized costs associated with attempted and completed suicide (employees and dependents) Improved employee perception of employer commitment

11 Thank You

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