Suicide Prevention in the Workplace: A Conversation
On average, 12 men take their lives in the UK everyday. This rate is three times higher than it is for women and middle-aged men (aged 45–49) are the age group most at risk.
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 session, we share the story of 39 year old James who took his own life 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.
How it works:
- Capacity: Unlimited capacity. Feel free to keep this male-only, or open the session up to women, so they can learn how to support their male colleagues, friends and family.
- Available: On-site in London or virtually globally.
- Requirements: The facilitator will need a screen for powerpoint slides. If delivering virtually, we’ll send you a Zoom link.
- Length: 60 minutes.