After a suicide in in the workplace can leave management, colleagues, and subordinates asking:
how could this have happened?
what should we do now?
should we go to the funeral?
what do we say to the family?
how do we balance grieving and getting back to business?
Co-workers may wonder whether something they did or said (or didn’t do or say) somehow contributed to the suicide. Even those who didn’t know the person well -- or at all-- may find themselves feeling unexpectedly emotional. Some may be quick to anger or blame.
From hedge funds to hair salons, Fortune 200 companies to consulates, law firms to hospitals, professional associations to military units to universities, I’ve helped diverse workplaces across the country address the aftermath of suicide.
Workplaces are complex environments – in some ways they feel like family, yet people are often concerned about being vulnerable or becoming emotional. Because I come in as a subject matter expert (rather than a grief counselor) it creates a more comfortable professional setting to provide pragmatic, concrete answers to the common real-world questions around this stigmatized and often frightening subject.
And as a former corporate attorney, founding co-lead of SAMHSA's National Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force, co-chair of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Lived Experience Committee, and member of the American Association of Suicidology Workplace Committee, I bring a level of professionalism.
I can help. Contact me, and we'll take it from there.
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Coping with a Coworker’s Suicide
October 23, 2018