Alliance on Workplace Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Signed by OSHA, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — Occupational Health & Safety
Alliance on Workplace Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Signed by OSHA, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The alliance was signed during Construction Suicide Prevention Week.
This week, OSHA and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are officially joining forces to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health in the workplace.
OSHA and AFSP signed a two-year alliance on September 7, 2022, during Construction Suicide Prevention Week. According to a press release, the agency and organization will work together on “information and products on workplace mental health and suicide prevention awareness.”
As part of the alliance, AFSP will seek to add information and update two OSHA initiatives: the Safety and Health Management System and the Suicide Prevention webpage. The AFSP will also play a role in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Construction Suicide Prevention Week, “sharing information,” the press release said.
AFSP’s northeast division had previously signed an alliance with OSHA. According to OSHA, efforts include providing “information and training resources to raise awareness of wellness and mental health issues related to work-related deaths by suicide” and collaborating on OSHA’s poster on suicide prevention: 5 things you should know.
In 2020, 259 workers committed suicide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among working-age adults in the United States. It has a profound impact on workers, families and communities,” Assistant Secretary of Labor for Safety said. and Occupational Health, Doug Parker, in the press release. “OSHA is proud to partner with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to break down barriers to getting help and promote mental wellness for all workers.”
Alex Saurman is the Occupational Health and Safety Content Editor.