Workplace as safe haven: How managers can mitigate risk for employee suicide

This article emphasizes the role that managers can play in mitigating risk for suicidal behavior among employees. The literature has long established a relationship between negative workplace conditions and psychological difficulties, such as depressive disorders and suicidal behavior. Based upon a review of these studies, as well as consideration of best practices in suicide prevention, […]

What employers need to know about suicide prevention

What should organizations do to help prevent suicide among its employees — and to help support suicide survivors after the death of a coworker? Research suggest first leaders and managers must recognize the workplace predictors of suicide. Then, create a respectful and inclusive work environment, learn to identify employees who might be at risk, and create […]

Workplace suicide prevention & postvention: The EAP role

A document of the presentation given on workplace suicide prevention at the 2019 EAPA conference in St. Louis.

A Paradigm for the Telephonic Assessment of Suicidal Ideation

A 3-stage paradigm for telephonically assessing suicidal risk & triaging suicidal callers as practiced in an Employee Assistance Program Call Center was investigated. The first hypothesis was that the use of the procedure would increase the probability that callers would accept the clinician’s recommendations, evidenced by fewer police interventions. The second hypothesis was that there […]

An FBI Perspective on law Enforcement Suicide (IN: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

The presenter & another colleague were commissioned to analyze Federal Bureau of Investigation agents’ reactions to shootings & to determine the ramifications of these effects on agents involved in the exercise of deadly force. From that analysis, as well as from a series of interviews & a conference held in June 1993, a series of […]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Employee Assistance Program Response to Suicide (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s internal employee assistance program has a proactive approach to suicide prevention & response, including a standard of care & a suicide response protocol. Factors that contribute to the suicide of an agent include depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, frustration, firearms, & management response. Suicide in the Federal Bureau of Investigation is […]

Police Suicides in the New York City Police Department: Causal Factors and Remedial Measures (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

Since 1985, 89 uniformed members of the New York City Police Department have died by suicide. The department has established several employee assistance units, innovative programs, & initiatives to assist police personnel who are experiencing personal & professional problems in an effort to reduce the incidence of police suicides. This chapter will discuss causal factors […]

Suicide Prevention in law Enforcement: the Toronto Police Service Experience (IN: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

When community mental health professionals became aware of the fact that the Toronto Police Service had gone over 7 years without one uniformed member dying by suicide, two questions arose: how & why? This chapter examines the past & recent history of suicide within the Toronto Police Service. The author offers observations & suggestions as […]

Police Suicide: an Executive’s Perspective (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

Over the last 20 years, as researchers, police administrations & psychologists have focused on police stress, much effort has dealt with its negative manifestations: heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, premature death, digestive disturbances, ulcers, divorce, & substance abuse. By its nature, police suicide has been the subject of particular interest. That police suicide is a concern […]

Barriers to Effective Mental Health Interventions That Reduce Suicide by Police Officers (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

Suicide by officers became the genesis of a confidential counselling program for officers & their families. However, 10 years after these deaths, a confidential counselling service was shifted to a gatekeeper, nonconfidential service delivery model. Within 2 years, three more officers had died by suicide. This agency provided a near-perfect A-B-A research design where the […]

Police Suicide: Fatal Misunderstandings (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

This chapter reviews themes common in the suicides of uniformed law enforcement officers & special agent personnel. Cases reviewed repeatedly show injury to self-esteem & the loss of control. In every death studied, there were viable alternatives to suicide but the interventions were not perceived to be viable to the officer at risk. The focus […]

Suicide Prevention: Leveraging the Workplace


Job Performance: a Possible Safety Valve in Suicide

This presentation examined suicide among industrial workers & investigated some common factors that might be helpful in identifying potential suicide victims through job performance. The relevant literature was reviewed, talks were held with employee counsellors & industrial physicians, & the feasibility of using existing occupational programs to help identify & prevent suicide among industrial workers […]

What Impact Will Mandatory, Continual Stress Management Training Have on a Large, Urban Police Agency by 2009?

Without appropriate professional intervention, the occupational stress associated with policing can result in two highly problematic outcomes: divorce & suicide. This project examines the issue of continuous mandatory stress management education, which does not currently exist in law enforcement, & how it will have a positive impact in large urban police agencies by 2009. The […]

“I Wish I Would Have Called you Before…” Depression and Suicide: Make Sure you Don’t Utter Those Words

Practical Ways to Cope With Suicide

Perceptions of Personnel on Police Suicide and the Role of a Chaplain

Encountering Suicide: the Experience of Psychiatric Residents

Canadian psychiatric residents comnpleted questionnaires about their encounters with completed suicide during residency. Of 197 respondents, 61.4% had encountered one or more completed suicides during their residency. Of the suicides, 61% were by patients & 16.5% by a colleague, friend, or relative; 22.3% of residents had encountered both. The greatest impact on residents was on […]

Suicide Prevention: a Call to Action for EAPs


Police Suicide: Understanding Grief and Loss

Suicide and Male Workers

SIEC Video Review-Police Production is top-notch, by Tulip Films


Cultural Diversity and Grief at Work

This article examines some of the cultural differences that surround bereavement in the workplace. The negative impacts of September 11, 2001, on mental health are discussed, as well as employee assistance counseling in a multi-ethnic workforce. The article includes a variety of strategies that employers can use in the face of an employee’s loss. The […]