Culture of Caring

Workplace Suicide Prevention

Mental health conditions that lead to suicidal ideation often start during the teenage years. For that reason, we talk a lot about suicide prevention in schools. But what happens after high school graduation? There are no teachers or counselors to look out for students after they leave. Left undiagnosed and untreated, these issues can be fatal years later.

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After completing their education and entering the workforce, people spend most days in a work setting with others. They build relationships and get to know their colleagues. If they notice a fellow worker is struggling with mental health difficulties or suicidal thoughts, it’s hard to know what to do about it. Report it to a supervisor or manager?  Stay quiet? Confront the coworker?

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has answers to those questions and more: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

A Culture of Caring: A Suicide Prevention Guide for Schools (K-12) was created as a resource for educators who want to know how to get started and what steps to take to create a suicide prevention plan that will work for their schools and districts. It is written from my perspective as a school principal and survivor of suicide loss, not an expert in psychology or counseling. I hope that any teacher, school counselor, psychologist, principal, or district administrator can pick up this book, flip to a chapter, and easily find helpful answers to the questions they are likely to have about what schools can do to prevent suicide.

Theodora Schiro