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Our Global Suicide Crisis - How the Workplace Can Respond

Sep 04, 2019

Key Takeaways

  • Dependent suicide rates have increased from 2008 – 2017.
  • Preventing suicide is a complex problem, but certain precursors may serve as indicators.
  • Employers can help reduce the stigma and provide support programs to help employees.


In a previous publication, Shifting Mortality Data Impacting Well Being in the Workplace, Prudential determined that while overall suicide rates have remained relatively flat in its life insurance book of business from 2008 to 2017, dependent suicide has increased over the same 10-year period with a significant spike in 20121


Suicide rates rose across the US from 1999 to 2016
State Percentage
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, New Hampshire Increase 6-18%
Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Increase 31-37%
Washington, Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island Increase 19-30%
California, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Delaware Increase 38-58%
Nevada Decrease 1%


Suicide is profoundly tragic for the person who died, as well as for loved ones left behind who struggle to understand how they may have missed a sign and failed to help the person get the care they needed. The signs are not obvious, and access to appropriate care is often elusive. This paper examines facts about suicide and offers recommendations on how to proactively address this crisis.


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1Tugman, K. (2019) Prudential aggregate life study.

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