We probably don’t think that one day a coworker won’t be coming in because he or she took their own life. Unfortunately, the suicide rate is at its highest level in 50 years.
Now, more than ever, we need to take the time to learn some of the signs of suicide and mental illness—especially during World Suicide Prevention Month this September. This month helps draw attention that we can "Be the One to Help Save a Life".” Our families, friends and even employers can each improve their ability not only to identify signs of people who have suicidal thoughts but also be the one to help them.
Suicide is one of the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages, according to the IASP, and responsible for about 800,000 deaths each year—equaling one suicide every 40 seconds.
Unfortunately, in heavy manufacturing and construction industries, the stigma of mental illness can be deadly. These environments, traditionally dominated by men, are not typically places where workers feel comfortable discussing their problems. In the U.S., the construction sector has a suicide rate that is four times higher than the average, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. An additional study concluded that men consisted of more than 75% of suicides in the EU.
In many cases, workplace conditions can contribute to poor mental health with daily exposure to hazards, poor ergonomics, employment insecurity along with increasing work demands. On the business side, poor mental health can lead to decreased productivity, lost revenue, low morale and diminished company reputation.
Read more of this article by Avetta's own Richard Parke at EHS Today
Read more of this article by Avetta's own Richard Parke at Material Handling & Logistics