How can workplaces support an employee at risk of suicide, or who has lost someone close to them? In this series of videos, people from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions share their experiences, as well as some tips for managers and colleagues. They also discuss the various levels of support offered by their employers, including what worked well and what could have been done differently to help them deal with the situation.



Working as a firefighter for 25 years, Kev witnessed many critical incidents involving injury and death. He spoke to a trusted colleague after experiencing suicidal thoughts.



Leigh returned to work soon after his dad took his own life. He reflects on what employers can do to support someone bereaved by suicide. 



Emma shares some of the ways colleagues supported her, after her 18-year-old-son took his own life.

shorter version of Emma's story is also available – ideal for sharing on social media or as an introduction to the topic.



Tiana talks about going back to work following her best friend's suicide, as well as some tips for managers and colleagues on providing support. 



Support from his manager and colleagues made a huge difference for Shane following a suicide attempt. As well as regularly checking in and being open about what had happened, Shane's manager helped him safely return to work following his recovery. 

shorter version of Shane's story is also available – ideal for sharing on social media or as an introduction to the topic.



Courtney talks about how her workplace's HR manager supported her after losing her brother to suicide. Checking in and having a conversation can make a huge difference to the person grieving, helping them feel connected and supported. 



For Sydney-based police officer John and his colleagues, the news of a coworker's suicide hit home the need for an increase in awareness and support for everyone dealing with grief. He shares some ideas on how to plan for traumatic events, ensuring processes are in place to support the entire workforce.



Narelle came close to taking her own life in 2008. She explains that although people can be good at hiding their suicidal thoughts and how they're feeling at work, they often give warning signs.

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In this series, people from a range of industries share their experience of working with a mental health condition, including what worked well and what their workplace could have done differently to support them.