‘Breaking the Silence in the Workplace’ A Guide for Employers on Responding to Suicide in the Workplace‘ a new publication by the Irish Hospice Foundation and Console aims to provide practical guidelines for organisations dealing with the impact of suicide. The guide was launched today with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC). It outlines appropriate responses in four scenarios; when an employee dies through suicide on-site, when an employee’s suicide occurs off-site, when an employee is affected by the suicide of someone close and when a former employee dies by suicide.
Speaking at the launch David Begg of ICTU highlighted the need for workplaces to have practices in place to respond to the impact of suicide. Report authors Breffni Mc Guinness and Ciaran Austin drew attention to the complexity and personal tragedy behind suicide bereavement and the hope that ‘Breaking the silence’ be a support tool to enable organisations to appropriately respond to the needs of suicide bereaved employees.