Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention

Crisis Management, Policy & Means Restriction

Businesses can ensure HR has protocols in place following the death of a colleague by suicide.  When policies and protocol are established before a crisis occurs, workplaces are in a much better position to rapidly respond and help prevent collateral damage.  Without policies and protocol in place, workplaces are likely to make mistakes that might affect public communication, employee morale, and additional safety concerns – all costly problems for an employer. Crisis management focuses both on prevention and postvention through approaches designed to assist those affected by a suicide or suicide attempt by decreasing negative responses and increasing the ability to cope. Listed below are organizations that provide crisis hotlines and crisis intervention services.

Crisis call centers provide one crucial resource.  These hotlines and chat resources are usually anonymous, free and very accessible – to both the person in distress and the employer who is trying to support the person in distress. Other resources include crisis counseling and grief support.

Sometimes the crisis that a workplace faces is not the suicide death of an employee or employee’s family member, but the high risk suicidal behavior of an employee. In addition to the mental health services mentioned above, “lethal means restriction” can help alleviate the crisis. Lethal means restriction means removing or prohibiting access to methods people use to take their lives, most notably, guns, pills and bridges. Families of troubled employees can benefit from “lethal means counseling” – in other words, recommended language for use with a suicidal person to help them temporarily relinquish access to the things that might kill them.

Name of Organization or Program


Type of Organization


Format (print, webinar, blog, etc.)


Crisis Care Network


Prevention, crisis intervention and postvention services for employers

In person and phone postvention

Depends on services contracted

Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace

A publication of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology, the Carson J Spencer Foundation, and Crisis Care Network


Guidelines and checklistfor managing the aftermathof a suicide affecting the workplace


Means Matter (by Harvard School of Public Health)

Educational and research

Research findings and recommendations on how to reduce access to lethal means including information on “lethal means counseling” for families who are concerned about a suicidal loved one



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Program of SAMHSA and the Mental Health Association of NYC

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

Suicide PreventionHotline (Phone)


Veterans Crisis Line

Department of Veterans Affairs

Suicide prevention hotline, website and chat. Confidential, toll-free hotline: 1-800-273-8255


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