Houston, We Have a Problem: Working Professionals and Suicide in America

A 30% increase in suicide rates is something that needs to be addressed. With powerful individuals exiting this life prematurely, I’ve got to wonder what is going on in our country?!


FIRST, IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING SUICIDE, PLEASE REACH OUT TO THE NATIONAL HOTLINE! CALL 1-800-273-8255 ANYTIME, 24 HOURS A DAY! WE UNDERSTAND HOW CHALLENGING THIS CAN BE!!


The CDC recently released a report outlining the prevalence in the US by occupation and this is something we need to look at.


According to https://www.registerednursing.org/suicide-rates-profession/, these are the disturbing statistics:




This makes my heart hurt. If you are a business owner, leader, or professional, I am certain you know someone or know of someone who has contemplated or recently committed suicide. It’s saddening to me that individuals suffer in silence and then take drastic measure to deal with the emotions and thoughts they have been facing. You may be one of those people who is struggling in this area. Please get professional help.


Each state provides resources for helping those in your company who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. You can access that here https://www.sprc.org/states


I’ve had my share of difficulties and I can understand why someone would consider suicide as an option, but it is not the only solution to your problems. There are ways for you to keep going, to find meaning again, to reconnect with others.


People in your organization need help. According to the Utah Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2021, the biggest risk factors are societal and media portrayals of suicide by prominent individuals, a lack of supportive relationships, family history of mental illness and suicide, and substance abuse.


What we can do as business leaders and professionals is the following:


1. Increase access to behavioral and physical health care

2. Increase social norms of supporting those who are going through a challenging situation

3. Increase connectedness among your team

4. Teach coping and problem solving skills

5. Increase support of those who suffer from suicide loss

6. Increase prevention and intervention efforts among those who are struggling in your organization


You can make a difference in another person’s life. Check on your team! Check on your associates and see how they are doing. Help them where you can. Encourage them to get professional help and be supportive during that process.


You never know what’s going on with another person…unless you ask!


I’m sad about the struggles that people are going through and that they choose suicide as a means of handling it. I hope I can do my part to help others who so desperately need my help. I am not a licensed professional, but I am happy to talk with you if you need to have a conversation.


Join me in helping those who so desperately need our help!

Nick

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