As a leader, you have staff, stakeholders, families, and neighbors that you interact with regularly. Did you know that one out of four people in the U.S. are suffering from a mental illness? It could be a short term set back such as a family crisis, loss of a loved one, or a breakup. Or, it could be more extensive. Some of the people you know could be contemplating suicide, and, unless you reach out to them, you may not know about their condition until it’s too late.
Why am I writing about this important topic? My wife Tammi and her family suffered severely when her brother took his own life on the even of her 21st birthday. First, like many others who experience loss, she went back to her life. As the years passed, however, she suffered from severe depression. Fast forward to today, Tammi is an accomplished therapist who helps others who suffered loss in their lives, as well as the president of the Maryland chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
If you have lost someone to suicide, please be aware of the resources available. Furthermore, Tammi is available to speak to you and your company about suicide prevention. Developed by AFSP, Talk Saves Lives: Suicide Prevention Education for Workplace Settings, is a 60-minute educational presentation for organizational leadership, managers, supervisors, and employees that can be delivered via webinar. More information can be found below. She will speak for free, we are just asking for donations for her brothers memorial fund.
As leaders of our families, companies, and in our communities, each of us can make a world of difference to address and destigmatize suicide. If we can help save one single life, it is worth it.
Together, we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to tragic loss of life by suicide. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. I am happy to help.