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Many end their own lives due to work

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Many end their own lives due to work

Many end their own lives due to work

An estimated 3800 people who took their own lives in Australia in the decade to 2011 may have done so due to work, says a new Work and Suicide Prevention Position Statement.

The statement released by Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) says suicide and suicidal behaviour is estimated to cost the Australian economy $17.5 billion per year. “Monetary values aside, suicide cuts lives short and leaves scars,” SPA adds.

“The World Health Organization suggests worker suicide is a result of complex interaction between individual vulnerabilities and work-related environmental factors that trigger stress reactions and contribute to poor mental wellbeing,” SPA says.

“Employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace, including managing psychosocial stressors.”

Workplaces can do a number of things to help prevent suicide. These include understanding and valuing people as human beings rather than resources, prioritising psychosocial workplace safety, encouraging help-seeking behaviour as well as creating an inclusive workplace culture.

Contact the following if you are in need of immediate assistance:

Lifeline: 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

For more details on the story, visit SPA’s Work and Suicide Prevention Position Statement.

Published on 27 February 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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