Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

Date: 2010
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Program/Practice, Education/Training Program, Toolkit
Organization:  Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center (formerly Carson J Spencer Foundation)

For information on pricing and availability contact Alex Yannacone at or 303-724-8768.


Alexandra L Yannacone, MA
Community Programs Manager
Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center
13199 East Montview Blvd.
Suite 330, MS F550 
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Phone: 303-724-8768 

Developed by the Carson J Spencer Foundation, the Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace program toolkit features a facilitator’s guide, trainee workbooks, and supplemental materials designed to help workplace administrators and employees better understand and prevent suicide. The program helps workplaces appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. The program builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving. Several interactive exercises and case studies help employers and their staff apply and customize the content to their specific work culture. The training is delivered in a 2 hour version or 4 hour Pro version.

Program content is divided into four chapters:

  • Suicide Prevention in the Workplace
  • What to Do When Someone is Suicidal
  • Conversations About Suicide
  • Suicide Postvention

Working Minds was developed to address a gap in suicide prevention programming for those of working age. The toolkit was built on best practices and the insights of mental health service providers, human resource professionals, and top suicide prevention experts from across the country. It is expected to be available in Colorado in September, 2017 and other areas as trainers become trained.

Program Objectives

At the end of training, Working Minds participants will have:

  1. Increased awareness of suicide prevention.
  2. Increased capacity for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges.
  3. Increased ability to promote help-seeking and help-giving in the workplace.

Implementation Essentials

  • Trainers should identify and include information about local mental health and related resources in their presentation.

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 7.1: Provide training on suicide prevention to community groups that have a role in the prevention of suicide and related behaviors.
Populations:  Adults, Young Adults Ages 18 to 25 Years, Adults Ages 26 to 55 Years, People in Particular Occupations
Settings:  Workplaces, Law Enforcement, First Responders
Planning and Implementing:  Strategic Planning
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Gatekeeper Training