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Suicide In The Workplace: What Leaders Need To Know

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the third leading cause of death among adults.

“All employers need to be aware of the risk of suicide and the importance of providing tools for preventative measures,” said Patty Starr, president, and CEO of Health Action Council. 

“Our mission is about health improvement. With the majority of American adults working, it’s essential that suicide, with all its risks and consequences, be addressed by businesses and organizations before an incident occurs.”

So last month, Health Action Council sponsored a free webinar hosted by Dan Reidenberg, managing director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and executive director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). 

During the webinar, attendees learned some of the basic concepts that every employer should be thinking about. These include policies, roles, awareness, intervention, and postvention.

Dr. Reidenberg also discussed the impact that suicidal attempts and thoughts, as well as actual deaths by suicide, have on leaders, managers, co-workers, and supervisors.

Health Action Council sponsors more than 50 live and virtual events each year including the 2020 IN-VALUE-ABLE Series that includes the Annual Columbus Symposium and Cleveland Conference & Expo.

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Patty Starr

Patty Starr is president and CEO of Health Action Council and is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the organization--build stronger, healthier communities where business can thrive. 

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