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Remember, suicide can be prevented.

Suicide is not caused by one single factor, and the same can be said for suicide prevention. Rather, suicide prevention can best be achieved by focusing on the individual, relationship, family, community, and societal levels.

To start, develop a culture where a positive and effective message on suicide and suicide prevention is accepted. You can promote employee health and well-being, support employees at risk, and have plans in place to respond to people showing warning signs. You can encourage employees to seek help, and provide referrals to mental health, substance use treatment, legal, or financial counseling services as needed.

Most importantly, you can create an environment within your agency where not only you, but other employees can feel comfortable taking action steps to help a person who may be in crisis.