Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death for all ages in the United States.a For every person who completes suicide, there are between 100 and 200 people make suicide attempts but do not die.
Depression can often lead a person to have suicidal thoughts, hurt themselves, hurt someone else, or commit suicide. Alcohol and substance abuse are also common among persons who attempt and complete suicide.
Importantly, receiving appropriate treatment for depression can reduce the risk that a person will commit suicide. Having access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has been shown to reduce suicidal thoughts among workers with depression.b
If you think that someone you know might be considering hurting him/herself or someone else, you should take this concern seriously, and help the person to find a qualified mental health professional immediately.
If you are concerned about an employee or co-worker, you should contact your Employee Assistance Program. In an emergency, call 911, or a suicide hotline:
a. See Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Suicide: Facts at a glance”
b. Nakeo, Nishikitani, Shuma and Yano (2007) “A 2-year cohort study on the impact of an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) on depression and suicidal thoughts in male Japanese workers.” International Archive of Occupational and Environmental Health, 81:151:157.