OSHA, foundation form alliance regarding suicide prevention and mental health

September 13, 2022

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention signed an alliance agreement Sept. 7 to promote workplace mental health and suicide prevention awareness. AFSP is a voluntary health organization giving those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy.

During the two-year agreement, OSHA and AFSP will develop information and products regarding workplace mental health and suicide prevention awareness in multiple languages that reflect diversity in the workforce and encourage workers’ sense of belonging. Participants will share best practices and effective approaches for promoting workplace suicide prevention awareness.

Alliance objectives also include exploring opportunities for AFSP to contribute to a new chapter about Traumatic Stress for OSHA’s Safety and Health Management System directive; updating and expanding on OSHA’s Preventing Suicides webpage; and sharing information about suicide prevention, mental health and opioids during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Construction Suicide Prevention Week.

Tags: Safety | Workforce

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