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Suicide Prevention: Strategies for Workplaces to Identify and Manage Risk

An introduction to suicide prevention in men of working age, and to workplace suicide prevention programmes.

Description

Men dominate suicide statistics.

  • Approximately 60% of all suicides every year are men of working age, 17-70 years
  • One third of all suicides each year are young men aged 20-40. Almost every single one of these young men is in the workforce
  • Workers are more than 16 times more likely to die by suicide than in a workplace accident
  • Men in trades, construction, manufacturing, farming, forestry and fisheries jobs have higher suicides rates than men in other occupations 

Until now, workplace health and safety has focused on safety. It is more important than ever to include mental health and wellbeing in your health and safety plan. Regardless of occupation, workplaces are a logical site for suicide prevention programmes.

In order to reduce New Zealand’s high suicide rate, we must look at how we can help keep our men safe. 

This workshop is an introduction to suicide prevention in men of working age, and to workplace suicide prevention programmes. Examples of successful programmes will be discussed. 

It will be beneficial to employers, managers, human resources, staff responsible for health and safety, and anyone else with an investment in workplace health, mental health and suicide prevention.

Refreshments provided

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