Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention

Education and Advocacy

Businesses can educate employees about common mental illnesses and advocate for inclusion. Social barriers are some of the strongest obstacles that prevent people from acknowledging mental illness and seeking care. In addition to just raising awareness, employers can cultivate deep cultural change around these difficult topics by modeling “we can talk about this here.” Two things that have been found to confront the stigma that so many hold against mental illness are science that links mental health conditions to brain functioning and stories of hope and recovery. When employees learn about how mental illness works and that treatment is effective, they become hopeful and can become more accepting of help.

There are many organizations that provide mental health information and advocacy, give companies the opportunity to educate managers and employees about mental health, and design trainings suited to the specific needs of a company. The organizations below provide information regarding mental health research, public awareness, advocacy, common mental health concerns, specific workplace mental health concerns, conferences, tools to help employers develop a business case for addressing mental health, toolkits, workshops and screening programs.

Name of Organization or Program


Type of Organization


Format (print, webinar, blog, etc.)


American Association of Suicidology

Non Profit

Promotes research, public awareness, programs, public education, and training for professionals, volunteers, and serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.  Has an annual conference.  Provides PDF of information sheets and research

Online PDFs, conference


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Non Profit

Supports research, provides information & education about depression & suicide; sponsors National Suicide Survivor Day (November)

Videos, facilitator guides, website printouts


Families for Depression Awareness

National Non Profit

Provide educational workshops to employers on mental health topics , helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides.

Webinars, publications, website, speakers, etc.

Nominal chargefor some activities,most are free

Mental Health America

Non Profit

Supports National Mental Health Awareness Month (May), provides mental health information (including on workplace mental health), hosts national conference

Online educational printouts, affiliate search database on website


Partners in Recovery

Funded through contract with Magellan Health Services of Arizona

Supports “Loving a Suicidal Person” (February)

Training and home-based services, recovery services


Partnership for Workplace Mental Health

Program of the American Psychiatric Foundation 501(c)3

Tools to help employers make business case; employer case examples

1. Quarterly publication, Mental Health Works, 2. Searchable database of employer case examples


Screening for Mental Health

Non profit

Online and in-person mental health education and screening programs, including National Depression Screening Day kits

Online screening, in-person screening kits

Fee based on program

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Program of SAMHSA and the Mental Health Association of NYC

Hotline/Crisis Center1-800-273-8225 (273-Talk)

Suicide Prevention Hotline (Phone)


Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Funded through grant under SAMHSA

Information for workplace on website. Trainings and webinars on suicide prevention, publications (Toolkits, guides, research summaries, and information sheets on a variety of suicide prevention topics)

Face-to-face trainings, online publications


Working Minds

Non profit

Educational workshops and keynote addresses for workplace conferences


Website with workplace-screening tool, train-the-trainer workshop and training toolkit

Fact sheets and blueprint for change, employer testimonial videos

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Web resource are free

World Health Organization

Authority on health within United Nations

World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th)

Website data on suicide, media on world suicide prevention day

Viewing information is free

Access to the Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention