In parallel with World Suicide Prevention Day, which was recognized on September 10, Mauser Packaging Solutions is raising awareness of suicide and promoting action through means proven to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.
One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. Each suicide is devastating and has a profound impact on those around them. However, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide.
The factors and causes that lead to suicide are complex. No single approach works for everyone. What we do know is that there are certain factors and life events that may make someone more vulnerable to suicide and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can also be a contributing factor. People who are suicidal may feel trapped or like a burden to their friends, family and those around them and thus feel like they are alone and have no other options.
CONNECT WITH RESOURCES
E(F)AP resources and assistance are available to U.S. and Canadian Mauser Packaging Solutions employees and members of their household through our benefit programs.*
U.S.: THE HARTFORD: Enhanced Ability Assist® - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Call toll free 1-800-96-HELPS (1-800-964-3577) or visit www.guidanceresources.com.
Canada: Manulife – Homewood Health/Santé: Resilience® Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
Call toll free 1-866-644-0326 or visit www.manulife.ca.
*Resources and assistance available regardless of enrollment in healthcare benefits.
Note: Similar programs may be offered in other countries through Company provided offerings or government healthcare systems. Check with your local Human Resources representative for available resources.
Research shows that many people who contemplate suicide suffer from depression, a clinical illness that can be treated successfully but often is ignored. A person who contemplates suicide often believes that there is no other way out. He or she may consider suicide for many reasons, including feelings that he or she:
- Is misunderstood and ignored by others
- Is rejected by family, friends and society
- Is isolated and alone
- Is depressed about a recent trauma such as illness, divorce or death of a loved one
- Has a serious chronic illness or is in chronic pain
If someone you know exhibits any of the following warning signals, take the possibility of suicide seriously. Be prepared to talk to the person about what you have observed, and seek emergency help immediately if you think suicide is imminent:
- Talking about suicide and death
- Symptoms of depression
- Sleeping and eating disturbances
- Drastic changes in behavior
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
- Difficulties at work or school
- Neglect of appearance
- Drug or alcohol abuse
There are steps you can take to understand the warning signs for suicide and how to help anyone who may be contemplating it.
What You Can Do
- Talk to the person. If you suspect that a friend or family member may attempt suicide or if the person broaches the subject with you in person or on the phone, do not be afraid to discuss the matter.
- Be open about the subject. Be direct. Remember that no topic is taboo when someone is serious about suicide.
- Listen sensitively. Let the person talk it out with you. Avoid interrupting him or her. Refrain from being judgmental. Do not lecture about whether suicide is right or wrong.
- Do not challenge the person. Do not try to dare him or her to do it or shock the person out of the idea of suicide. Concentrate on listening, understanding and getting help.
By creating hope through action, we can signal to people experiencing suicidal thoughts that there is hope and that we care and want to support them. The best advice: Get involved, be prepared for an emergency and know about the professional support resources to which you can turn. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, get help immediately by calling your local emergency number.