National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Advancing The Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2012)

A Call to Action to Labor, Businesses, Employers & Professional Associations


• Provide information on suicide prevention to the federal workforce. (Objective 1.1)

• Implement organizational changes to promote the mental and emotional health of employees. (Objectives 1.1 and 3.1)

• Implement programs and policies to build social connectedness and promote positive mental and emotional health. (Objectives 1.1 and 3.1)

• Communicate messages of resilience, hope, and recovery to patients, clients, and their families with mental and substance use disorders. (Objective 3.3)

• Ensure that mental health services are included as a benefit in health plans and encourage employees to use these services as needed. (Objective 1.5)

• Screen for mental health needs, including suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and make referrals to treatment and community resources, as needed. (Objective 5.3)

• Train employees and supervisors to recognize coworkers in distress and respond appropriately. (Objectives 5.2 and 7.1)

• Learn the signs and symptoms of suicide and suicidal behaviors and how to reach out to those who may be at risk. (Objective 5.3)

• Ensure that counselors in an employee assistance program (EAP) are well equipped to assess and manage suicide risk. (Objective 9.1)

• Ensure that mental health services offered to employees include grief counseling for individuals bereaved by suicide. (Objective 10.1)

• Disseminate information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and other local or regional crisis lines. (Objective 8.3)