About Working MindsTM
Complex public health problems like suicide are best addressed with comprehensive and sustained approaches that address issues from several angles and through multiple systems. Working Minds is a of the Carson J Spencer Foundation (CJSF) and the . The program is an evidence-informed model that uses strategic partnerships and capacity-building in the workplace to leverage and sustain significant change for positive mental health and resiliency.
Just as schools are the venue for youth suicide prevention training, workplaces provide the most accessible opportunity for mental health promotion and suicide prevention for working-aged adults. specifically targets employers as critical stakeholders in the prevention of suicide and suggest that businesses and employers can:
Furthermore, of the approximate 43,000 people who die by suicide every year, about 75% are working aged men. Men in their adult years, from their early 20s through their 50s, account for the bulk of suicides and the majority of years of life lost due to suicide. Therefore, industries that are male dominated tend to have more suicides that industries that have a gender balance or are predominantly female. When workplaces also have increased exposure to heightened stress, untreated mental illness, trauma, violence, substance abuse, and access to lethal means, the risk of mental health crises and suicide becomes even greater. Employees in law enforcement are exposed to this increased risk, and would benefit from comprehensive and sustained programming to educate them about resiliency and mental health and support their mental wellness throughout their careers.