Whilst the reasons for someone to take their own lives are multi-faceted and complex, a kind and compassionate workplace culture can encourage colleagues to look out for each other and reach out to those who need help.
In this 60 minute workplace suicide workshop, we share the story of 39 year old James who died by suicide in November 2019. In this talk, James’ friend, Andy (a mindfulness and wellness coach) interviews James’ brother, Will (a professional in the construction industry).
Will shares the events leading up to James’ death, his own immediate reaction and subsequent coping mechanisms. In discussion with Andy, Will also reflects on the possible factors that led to James wanting to take his own life.
Both passionate about sharing James’ story in a bid to prevent further tragedies, together the duo discuss:
How suicide affects the family and friends
Different approaches to coping with the aftermath
Why suicide is more common amongst men than women
What can be done to support men’s mental health
How to open up conversations about suicide.
As a professional in the construction industry (an industry which has a suicide rate three times higher than the national average), Will’s candid openness is particularly powerful.