Employers are being urged to assist workers with
psychological well being issues and, in flip, assist to stop suicides.
It coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day (10
September), an annual consciousness day organised by the Worldwide Affiliation
for Suicide Prevention (IASP).
In line with ISAP, suicide is among the many high 20 main
causes of demise globally for individuals of all ages. It’s liable for over
800,000 deaths, which equates to at least one suicide each 40 seconds.
Within the UK, the speed of suicide has hit a 16-year
excessive following half a decade of decline. Final yr 6,507 suicides had been
registered, marking a 12% rise on the earlier yr and the very best charge since
Kim Horsfall, senior guide at Howden Worker
Advantages & Wellbeing, stated psychological sickness is a rising concern for
employers with rising numbers of individuals struggling and taking their very own lives.
“Whereas many employers recognise that they’ve a
accountability to assist the psychological wellbeing of their workers, there’s
far more that may be executed,” she stated. “The secret’s breaking the stigma round
discussing psychological sickness and creating a tradition the place individuals really feel
snug in search of assist.”
Horsfall stated that in addition to offering entry
to providers similar to counselling, psychological well being first aiders and worker
help programmes (EAPs), employers may benefit from know-how, for
instance entry to on-line GP providers or psychological well being apps.
Figures from GRiD, the group threat affiliation, reveal
1,851 individuals returned to work by means of psychological well being early interventions funded
by group threat insurers throughout 2018, and 293 claims had been paid for deaths by suicide.
Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD, stated the numbers
belie the truth.
“For each individual scuffling with their psychological well being, or
who dies by suicide, there are various extra affected: colleagues, household, buddies.
And the group threat business doesn’t simply assist the person with their
psychological well being challenges, but additionally these round them: financially, following
suicide; and/or emotionally – and that’s a lifeline to assist individuals get again on
observe,” she said.
Alison Simmons, senior psychological well being nurse adviser for
RedArc Nurses, added that insurers now recognise that offering assist for
emotional wellbeing is essential.
“In addition to serving to individuals once they have reached disaster
level, insurers are additionally aiming to ship entry to specialist third-party
providers at an earlier stage to probably keep away from a psychological well being situation
deteriorating,” she defined. “That is typically a mixture of entry to a
devoted medical psychological well being practitioner, counselling, therapies, on-line
instruments and apps, studying supplies and a serving to hand to navigate the NHS.”