A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention Planning in the Workplace

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Each suicide is personal – unique, and all talk of suicide
must be taken seriously. Organisations need to develop the foresight, knowledge and confidence to respond to this sadly increasing,
challenging workplace issue. 

Course Context

This important training helps an organisation consider the unthinkable – the death of an employee, customer or client, by suicide. Concentrating on the activities after the event (postvention), the syllabus will support the production of an action plan, based on international good practice. Participants will learn the skills to construct and initiate an appropriate, sensitive organisational & individual response.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To improve delegates' understanding of suicide from a corporate perspective
  • Understand the links between poor mental health and suicide
  • Discuss ways in which their organisation can minimise the risk of suicides
  • Develop procedures that will identify/raise awareness of individuals who could be at risk
  • Develop a practical post suicide plan in three phases

Training is delivered in a relaxed and flexible manner with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Who Is It For?

The course is valuable to people managers; customer service managers; HR; legal professionals; communication managers and members of the senior management team.

The course content and capacity can be customised for individuality and to ensure organisations’ specific learning criteria are met. Consultancy in Suicide Postvention Planning in the Workplace is also an option either as a standalone service or in conjunction with training.

Key Benefits

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Identify company activities in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention
  • Use latest data to establish the prevalence of suicide as it relates to the workplace – community and genders
  • Appreciate the continuum of suicide from poor mental wellbeing, depression and thoughts of suicide
  • Develop alertness to the invitations a person may use to talk about suicide
  • Establish a company specific plan to deal with the aftermath of suicide – by an employee or contractor, or by a customer, on or off site
  • Develop procedures for the:
    • Immediate acute phase
    • Short-term recovery phase
    • Long-term reconstructive phase

Course Content

Workshop features:

  • Best practice terminology and definitions
  • History and suicidology growing trends
  • Global and workplace perspective research
  • Action steps for dealing with the aftermath of suicide
  • Immediate phase best practice – Co-ordinate; Notify; Communicate; Support
  • Short-term phase best practice – Link; Comfort; Restore; Lead
  • Long-term phase best practice – Honour; Sustain
  • Decision-making flowcharts and responsibilities

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Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.  We are always happy to talk about our courses and help you to work out the best match for your requirements.


"The quality of the training has been fantastic and our employees are really engaging with the trainer and getting something out of it. Also In Equilibrium makes the whole process very easy to arrange."

— Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer, Sophie Holland

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— Leeds City College

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