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Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

As part of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Suicide Prevention Programme the Public Health Team at Worcestershire County Council are designing and developing a programme of activity in workplaces across the footprint to encourage and support employers and employees to raise awareness about suicide prevention and create opportunities for early intervention.

This involves:

  • Reducing stigma around mental health in the workplace and promote help seeking behaviour
  • Increasing awareness of support available, specifically within high-risk industries
  • Embedding suicide prevention within company culture
  • Increasing the number of suicide prevention conversations at work
  • Promoting the use of tools and resources to help maintain good emotional wellbeing

Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion each year (Deloitte, 2020), meaning that mental health problems cost £1,300 for every employee in the UK economy (Centre for Mental Health). For every £1 spent by employers on mental health interventions they get £5 back in reduced absence, presenteeism and staff turnover (Deloitte, 2020). Suicide is the leading cause of death in England in adults below the age of 50, and past research shows that some occupations are at particularly high risk.

We are a business in Herefordshire & Worcestershire. How do we get involved?

Our programme of workplace activity involves three phases:

  1. Suicide awareness sessions
  2. Guidance sessions on training for staff
  3. Implementing the orange button community scheme.

You can register your interest in these sessions by filling in this Suicide Prevention in the Workplace form.

We have also developed a mental health and wellbeing resource hub for businesses, including a downloadable suicide prevention policy. You can access these resources by visiting the Suicide Prevention in the Workplace page