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Posted 09-08-2017 11:14
If you know someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts, get any details they feel comfortable sharing so that you can intervene more effectively. Ask what kinds of thoughts they've been having. Ask how often they think about it. Ask what kind of plan plays out when they think about it. If the plan involves them being alone, make sure they aren't alone. Call their partner, or if they live alone, invite them to stay with you or invite yourself over. If the plan involves some lethal means available at work, inform the Safety manager or HR so that employee can be guarded from access of any lethal means. Ask them if you can put the Suicide Prevention Lifeline in their phone for them, or if you can send a text to the Crisis Text Line. Help them get that ball rolling, even such a small step can seem insurmountable when suffering from severe depression. Remain non-judgmental throughout your discussion and the process of safeguarding. Keep in mind that a person who has reached the point where permanent escape is the only viable answer is very ill and cannot be held responsible for their actions or outcomes. Treat them with the same respect as you would a terminally ill person on their death bed. In truth there is little difference.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line - Text CONNECT to 741741
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Aja Schindler
Current Electrical Construction Company
Portland OR
(503) 245-5997


Posted 09-08-2017 18:17

As Aja points out, if it is your objective to keep them safe (and I hope that it is), then you must understand that a person experiencing serious suicidal is seeing the world in a very distorted way.  Many people who have thoughts about harming themselves may be looking for someone to talk to and help keep them safe.  However, the closer they are to actually taking those actions, the more likely they will be resistant to any perceived interference.

Over the 10 years of dealing with my son's suicidal thoughts, my wife and I were able to manage to keep him safe most of the time.  There were times, however, that we knew that no matter what we said or did, we could not assure his safety.  At times, I had to call the police in order to get him into the hospital.  I have had to have him checked in on an involuntary basis in order to keep him safe.

Again, our story has a happy ending as our son is now thriving, but we never could have brought ourselves to that point had we not been willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

David Sauerman
The PrivateBank
Chicago IL
(312) 564-1237


Posted 09-13-2017 16:51
​FNF recently presented a Suicide Prevention lunch and learn to some of our subcontractors.  The program was well received and I am hopeful these companies will begin their own journey toward mental wellness and suicide prevention as part of their culture.  After the program we forwarded the power point materials to all of our subcontractors, even those not in attendance.  The next day we received a call from one of these subs who had an employee at extreme risk for suicide, and the sub had no clue how to respond.  We were able to walk them thru some ideas, and provide the support needed for the employee to keep him safe!  He is back at work, and at last report doing much better.  His work crew and office are watching out for him and "have his back".  Keeping our employees safe from accidents and suicidal actions go hand in hand.

So talk it up, not only with your employees, but your subcontractors as well!!  It is amazing the response you will get, and you never know when that next "person at risk" will need help to stay safe!

David James CCIFP, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
FNF Construction, Inc.
Tempe AZ
(480) 839-0756