“Most adults spend around one third of their waking hours at work, so companies can play a pivotal role in providing key health information and intervening if an employee is struggling with mental health or if they are having suicidal thoughts,” says Marcela Slepica, Clinical Director at AccessEAP a leading not for profit provider of Employee Assistance Programs.
“Most people who die by suicide show warning signs and managers, especially are in a unique position to identify team members who are struggling, so knowing what to look out for and where to find help is crucial. While managers may feel overwhelmed by the perceived responsibility, it is important to remember that there is professional help available,” adds Slepica.
Here, AccessEAP offers tips on identifying when and how to have a conversation with an employee;
- Know Your Team
- Have a Conversation if You are Concerned
“Is something concerning you?” “Do you want to talk about it?” “Can I do anything to help?”
- Explore Options
- Know when to Escalate
- An existing support person, for example, their GP or family member
- EAP Manager Support Hotline
- Emergency department for assessment or the police
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