OSHA – Promoting Workplace Mental Health

On September 7, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) signed an alliance agreement to promote workplace mental health and suicide prevention awareness.

During the two-year agreement, OSHA and AFSP will develop information and products on workplace mental health and suicide prevention awareness in multiple languages that reflect diversity in the workforce and encourage workers’ sense of belonging. Participants will share best practices and effective approaches for promoting workplace suicide prevention awareness, such as AFSP’s “Talk Saves Lives” programming.

“Suicide is a leading cause of death among working age adults in the United States. It deeply impacts workers, families, and communities,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “OSHA is proud to join with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to eliminate barriers to getting help and promote the mental wellbeing of all workers.”

Alliance objectives also include exploring opportunities for AFSP to contribute to a new chapter on Traumatic Stress for OSHA’s Safety and Health Management System directive, updating and expanding on OSHA’s Preventing Suicides webpage, and sharing information on suicide prevention, mental health and opioids during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September and Construction Suicide Prevention Week, September 5-9, 2022.