What You Can Do If You are Concerned that a Coworker May be Suicidal

Mark Sagor



A report recently released by the CDC indicates that suicide rates have increased in almost every state from 1999 to 2016 with nearly 45,000 people taking their lives in 2016 alone.

The recent deaths by suicide of Kate Spade followed by Anthony Bourdain have once again put this intensely complicated subject of suicide on the front pages of the media.

How can we know when a person may be considering suicide? What can we do if we suspect this may be the case?

Earlier this year we posted a two part series, focused on the workplace, by Amy Lyman, one of our EAP counselors with specific experience and training in this area. In the aftermath of last week’s events we thought it would be timely to call your attention to these valuable posts once again.

Part 1 deals with the warning signs that someone might be in despair or feeling suicidal.  Part 2 picks up from there with what steps to take if you are concerned about a fellow employee.