Suicide Rates and Occupations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new report indicating suicide rates are on the increase and vary dramatically by gender and occupational groups.

A 17 state survey shows the five occupation groups with the highest suicide rates are as follows:

The CDC will adjust its suicide prevention efforts to focus more on research into this workplace connection; it is likely additional resources will be forthcoming. Employers who wish to take immediate prevention action may access resources here.

Employers in the western United States should take special notice: states in this region have the highest suicide rates and rates are rising faster than the national average.

Combined, this data suggests employers in the Employers Council region may want to expand their awareness of this issue and take action in 2019. For additional insights on this topic, please review this comprehensive article: Suicide Threats and the Workplace 

For immediate assistance with an employee in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to access the National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Contact Employers Council to discuss developing strategies to address the organizational impacts and legal implications of this important topic.