A manager’s guide on what to do after a suicide in the workplace

10 Steps to dealing with the aftermath of a suicide

Guide from American Association of Suicidology and The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

The suicide death of clients, vendors, or a family member of an employee can have a profound impact in the workplace.

How do you manage the death with compassion and empathy? What does your staff need in order to process the loss or support the suicide loss survivor? How do you address the loss of this person appropriately? What does a manager do if the family has asked for non disclosure on the cause of death?

In the aftermath of a suicide, some vulnerable individuals in the workplace may be at risk for responding by attempting their own suicide. That’s why it’s important to read this 20-page guide on what to do. It offers checklists, practical step-by-step advice and templates for creating internal memos.

The initial response of any organization often sets the tone for what is to follow. This guide from AAS, American Association of Suicidology, will guide those in the workplace on what do to following a suicide tragedy. So if you work at a company, please share this guide with your manager and the human resources department. This has also been added to the Suicide Resources page.

Download the Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace

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Published by

Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

One thought on “A manager’s guide on what to do after a suicide in the workplace”

  1. i run a large Human Resources department at a large corporation. Thank you so much for this information.

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