The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Wellbeing is a comprehensive and cutting-edge work providing the latest insights into a range of perspectives on organizational wellbeing, as well as highlighting global wellbeing issues and exploring new contexts. Topics covered include: digital working and social media, LGBTQIA+ identifications and work, suicide at work, refugee workers, and mental health. A multi- and inter-disciplinary work, this handbook embraces ideas and empirical work from a range of fields including psychology, business and management, economics, and science. This handbook draws together current knowledge whilst also outlining emerging issues and directions, making this an invaluable resource for students and researchers spanning a wide array of disciplines. Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives; Part 2: International Issues and Contexts; Part 3: Developing Organizational Wellbeing; and Part 4: Emerging Issues and Directions.

Chapter 18: Preventing Suicide in the Workplace

Preventing Suicide in the Workplace

Preventing suicide in the workplace
Victoria Ross Sharna L. Mathieu Katrina Witt Kairi Kõlves

Introduction

Suicide is a complex public health concern that has devastating and far-reaching implications for individuals, families and the workplace. Globally, suicide claims the lives of over 800,000 people each year and it is estimated that for every suicide death, there are over 20 other individuals attempting suicide (World Health Organization, 2014). Although active employment is typically considered a protective factor against suicide, the majority of working-age people who die by suicide are employed at the time of death (Milner et al., 2014; Yip and Caine, 2011). In addition, there ...

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