Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention

Life Skills and Social Network Promotion

Businesses can provide wellness programs that focus on life skills like problem solving, stress management, and conflict resolution.  When people think of “suicide prevention” they usually think of hospitalization or crisis call centers, but if all we are doing is treating the crisis we will have a difficult time getting ahead of the problem. By teaching life skills and social network promotion, businesses can increase protective factors that make suicide risk less likely[1]. For example, life skills can help people better cope with stress, improve their communication, and manage their mental health.  In addition, we know that one of the best ways to prevent suicide is to offer people a sense of purpose and connectedness. Creating a sense of community and belongingness is an excellent way to buffer the stress (personal and professional) that many employees experience.  Workplaces can create a sense of belonging in the way they welcome newcomers, address inclusion of diversity, offer social engagement, discourage cliques, and process conflict. These “upstream” approaches are likely to help build the resiliency that people need to handle difficult periods in their life and are much more cost-effective ways to prevent suicide when contrasted with the healthcare costs of a suicide attempt or productivity costs of a range of suicide crises.

Name of Organization or Program


Type of Organization


Format (print, webinar, blog, etc.)


Live Your Life Well (by Mental Health America)

Program of non profit

A national public education campaign dedicated to helping people better cope with stress and enhance their wellbeing. Research-based, practical tools to promote mental health

Web and print material

Website free, nominal cost for print materials

Promote Acceptance (by SAMHSA)


A campaign to promote inclusion of mental illness at work

On-line resource


Workplace Health Promotion (by CDC)

“How to” guide on setting up a workplace wellness program

Model of how to implement best practices in workplace wellness, including life skills and social support

On-line reference


Access to the Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention


[1] Suicide Prevention Resource Center (2013). Risk and Protective Factors. Retrieved from: