Suicide prevention programs are becoming more common in workplaces because of the psychological and financial toll a suicide can take on a workplace. The workplace can play an important role in preventing suicides, and most programs involve steps to recognize at-risk individuals and refer them to services. However, little evidence informs these programs, including the frequency and circumstances of the workplace that contribute to suicide risk. Detailed information to tie suicide to work-related factors are scarce in existing databases. The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) offers the first opportunity to examine specific circumstances that tie suicide to occupational and workplace factors. The NVDRS is a CDC-based national surveillance system that provides a comprehensive review of suicides using death certificates, autopsy reports, and death investigations. This project will use data from the NVDRS to:
This information can be used to guide suicide prevention programs in the workplace.