A new resource “Grief in the Workplace Responding to Suicide – A Guide for Employers” has been released

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Irish Hospice Foundation, the HSE National Office of Suicide Prevention, and Ibec, have developed and launched a new guide and accompanying E-learning course: Grief in the Workplace Responding to Suicide – A Guide for Employers.

“Designed specifically with employers and union representatives in mind. It aims to help organisations increase their understanding and confidence in responding to suicide in the workplace by providing practical, sensible and sensitive guidelines to support colleagues who are grieving.”

Irish Hospice Foundation

The guide is divided into 3 sections:

  • Section 1 – focuses on supporting employees who are bereaved by suicide in their personal lives.
  • Section 2 – looks at how to respond when an employee, contractor or member of the public dies by suicide on or off site.
  • Section 3 – looks at suggestions for developing a bereavement policy to deal with suicide in the workplace.

Speaking at the launch, David Joyce, Congress Equality Officer, welcomed the publication, stating:

“None of us wish to have to deal with the topic of suicide-related to our workplaces but this guide provides us with the tools to deal with it in a sensitive and practical manner.

Congress is pleased to be a partner in this work and will circulate widely among our networks so that trade unions can play an informed and supportive role in ensuring workplaces are equipped with the skills and knowledge to respond to suicide.” 

The full guide and accompanying E-learning course can be accessed here

SOURCE: Irish Congress of Trade Unions

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