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Responding to suicide risk in the workplace: A guide for line managers

Organisation: CIPD

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This guide can help managers to talk about suicide, spot the warning signs that someone might be at risk, and support their teams if someone takes their own life.

Suicidal thoughts are far more common than many people think, but it still can feel difficult to talk about. This guide provides practical advice and guidance for how
you, as a line manager, can respond to suicide risk and promote good mental health. You can make a real difference by helping to create a safe space to talk, and signposting someone who discloses suicidal thoughts to the right sort of professional support.

It includes information on spotting the warning signs that someone may be at risk of suicide, how to respond if someone discloses that they are having thoughts of suicide, and how to react if a colleague takes their own life.

This guide is aimed at line managers and team leaders. If you are a people professional and you are interested in creating guidelines on dealing with suicide in your organisation, this guide also from CIPD might be able to support you.

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