Authors: Alison Clements
Event: 2023 TheMHS Forum
Subject: Towards an evidenced-based model of workplace postvention
Type of resource: Video
Abstract: The psychosocial impacts of suicide bereavement are complex and include stigma, shame, guilt, isolation together with an increased risk of suicide. Staff in roles supporting ‘at-risk’ populations are likely to have increased exposure to suicide as part of their employment. Australian workplaces have a legislative responsibility to develop and implement ways of addressing ‘psychosocial hazards’ however, little attention is given to workplace postvention or to the broader public health remit of organisations to support staff to work safely and effectively with clients impacted by suicide. Suicide Aware by Neami National is a unique workplace postvention program informed by formal academic research and the lived experience of staff in commercial, government and not for profit sectors. This presentation will highlight emerging evidence from ongoing workplace trials towards a best practice model for workplace postvention.