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When to be Concerned About a Team Member
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
- “Short fuse”: showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
How to Respond to Team Members at Risk
For Team Members at ALL LEVELS of risk:
- Be Direct. Talk openly about suicide. If you are concerned that this may be an issue, ask the person, “Are you thinking about suicide?”
- Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture the person.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
For coworkers at SERIOUS risk:
- Talk with your HR Department or EAP, or call the Lifeline about your concerns.
- Reach out to the person
- Ask how he or she is doing: if you become concerned about self-harm, ask the person, “Are you thinking about suicide?”
- Listen without judging.
- Mention changes you have noticed in the person’s behavior and say that you are concerned about his or her emotional well-being.
- Suggest that he or she talk with someone in the HR Department or EAP, or another mental health professional. Offer to help arrange an appointment and go with the person.
- You can call the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 866-248-4094 and ask for assistance in helping a team member who is struggling.
- You can also call the EAP with a Teammate
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255