For all the discussion of workplace mental health, work-related suicide continues to receive little attention. Part of this is because unexpected fatalities are shocking and distressing, even more so when the deaths are the result of the worker’s own efforts.
Recently the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia published its latest Suicide Prevention 2020 Strategy. The strategy has many useful suggestions but it is reflective of the mainstream approach to mental health that is dominated by a few major players in the mental health promotion sector. The strategy falls alarmingly short on the prevention of work-related mental health risks