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Suicide Prevention: Talk About It at Work

Suicide is a serious public health problem — but is preventable.

Suicide has a dramatic impact on the workplace in both human and financial terms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2010. There were 38,364 suicides—an average of 105 each day. In addition to the loss of life and suffering of surviving family members, colleagues and friends, the suicides resulted in an estimated $34.6 billion in combined medical and work loss costs.

In addition, for every one suicide, there are 25 attempted suicides. An estimated 8.3 million adults (3.7% of the adult U.S. population) reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year.

We want business leaders to understand that suicide prevention IS a workplace issue, and that they can create an environment where individuals are more likely to reach out for the help they need.

You likely already have employee benefits, such as an employee assistance program (EAP), in place that offer valuable resources for employees and family members in need. Unfortunately, most people who attempt suicide do not reach out to the resources that are available to them.

Simply talking can save lives. (Let’s dispel the myth right here – talking about it does not trigger suicidal thoughts or attempts. When the subject of suicide is treated responsibly in a non-sensational manner, discussion can generate increased awareness and understanding, thereby increasing the chance that the person suffering from suicidal thoughts will seek and receive support and help.) When barriers come down and people seek help for mental illness, as many as 90% can significantly reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

So, specifically, what can you do?

You can begin with a campaign to de-stigmatize mental health issues and to encourage people to seek help. Create a supportive environment where corporate leadership shows that they value physical and emotional health. Convey key messages such as, “It’s a sign of strength to ask for help,” and encourage employees to take talk of suicide seriously, whether in a family member, friend or co-worker.

Many employers are beginning to create greater dialogue on this topic. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The Workplace Task Force of this group, in particular, has developed several public service announcements targeted at employers and organizational leaders. The group has also developed tools to support the workplace in addressing suicide prevention.

For more information, including a comprehensive blueprint for a workplace suicide prevention program, visit the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Workplace Task Force.

For information on an anti-stigma campaign, visit stampoutstigma.com.

Leap Year Season 2, Episode 10 – How To Bite


Leap Year Season 2: Episode 10 by Mashable

Now this is where the C3D team is at their best – all working together against a common (and real) foe.  It’s all a team effort, so when Aaron neglects his critical task to try and make up with Lisa, his good old slacker/turncoat/thief brother is there to make sure Andy Corvell gets his come-uppance in front of the appreciating crowd.  Andy told Bryn that he stole their prototypes, drained their bank account and created a fake competitor to “teach them a lesson.” Turns out this was a lesson that went both ways: C3D learned to think quickly on their feet and Corvell learned that sometimes there are actual, real-life consequences to his actions.

Operation Revenge was a winner, but not because Corvell was led out of the auditorium by Detective Doyle.  That was sweet, but the positive feedback from the crowd, the many business cards from VCs Jack had in his wallet afterwards and, most importantly, Glenn Cheeky’s kiss of success are what will make a difference in the long run. The product launch was their graduation from a start-up into an all grown up business.  So, what’s next?

First, they need to keep spreading the word through PR and social media.  The reporters won’t always be there and it’s now up to C3D to keep their company and product top of mind.  Which leads nicely into their second task.

Second, C3D needs to keep influencing the influencers.  A positive Tweet or blog post by a tech industry thought leader could be the key to C3D’s commercial success. Sending free C3D conferencing systems to some top Silicon Valley media and investors would be a nice start.

Finally, they need to define the C3D brand in the marketplace.  This is about meaning something specific to the right people, not everything to everybody.  People like to hide behind texts these days, how can C3D get them to invite their friends and family around the world into their living room via hologram?

It’s been great to see C3D roll with the punches, keep finding new ways forward and never lose their will – just like thousands of successful startups have before them.  This season both the team and the business matured into better versions of themselves.  Their next step will be no easier – going from concept, to reality, to actual commercial success.  And that’s the thrill of entrepreneurship, no matter how high the next hill is to climb, if you believe, work hard and get the right support, you can make it to the top.

Leap Year Season 2, Episode 9 – What We’re Capable


Leap Year Season 2: Episode 9 by Mashable

Well, that didn’t work out exactly as they planned. Bryn’s power move to kidnap June Pepper and get her to divulge the location of their prototypes didn’t get them any closer to the truth.  Turns out, all this time they were fighting a mirage – Livefye was a fake company offering fake competition.  A real life play for the sole enjoyment of Mr. Corvel. What can you do when you’ve been played like a puppet, but turn the game on the puppeteer himself?

Now that Bryn’s death threat got his attention, it’s up to Jack to use his silver tongue to get Corvel where they want him – at their impending product launch.  As Jack sits down for an extended heart to heart with Corvel, Olivia and Derek (welcome back!) play cat robbers looking for those elusive stolen prototypes.  The Machiavellian Corvel is surprised to hear C3D and Livefy have merged, since the other company doesn’t exist, but seems happy to hear Bryn is on track with the prototypes.

After fighting each other and their imaginary competition for the last few months, the only thing that really matters for C3D is whether their product will be ready for the launch.  This is where Corvel might have actually helped them with his creative destruction methods.  Not only does Bryn have the new prototypes almost ready, but she found a bug in the original code that Sergei designed for the $500,000 competition orchestrated by Corvel last year – this guy really likes to pull people’s strings. That bug could have really come back to bite C3D once their product hit the market.  But, their professional liability insurance would cover them for Sergei’s error, or potential errors from other past acts of employees.  It doesn’t seem like they’re in control of much right now, but that’s something they can take into their own hands.

Predictions for the finale?  Next week C3D is settling all family business and I have a feeling a few more surprises are in store for Mr. Corvel, Detective Doyle and anybody else who doubted their will to succeed.

“Pepper Out”.

Leap Year: Season 2, Episode 8 – Behind the Hologram


Leap Year Season 2: Episode 8 by Mashable
Maybe Olivia actually learned something about marketing from her paramour, the Livefy CEO, after all. Turns out she was secretly filming the C3D team and posting their startup adventures as a new online series — Behind the Hologram. A startup web series as a plot point in Leap Year, a web series about a startup — it doesn’t get much more meta than that. And in both cases viewers are watching these series to see if C3D can actually get their product launched on time.

Now Bryn’s threatened Andy Corvel’s life and kidnapped June Pepper. Nothing like raising the stakes just when things were starting to feel a little more like a regular old boring startup just trying to make the next billion dollar product. It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going through Bryn’s mind right now, but her witty repartee with Remy the Detective was straight out of Law & Order or some old detective novel. But, for all her quick, acid responses, she might have actually exposed C3D to some real potential issues through the videos she posted on Behind the Hologram.

It’s not so much that Bryn threatened to kill Andy Corvel, that’s serious, but something for the police to address. However, the incendiary remarks she made about both Corvel and Livefye could potentially open C3D up to charges of slander or libel from their competitors, or their benefactor. Most startups don’t threaten anyone with physical harm, but quite a few have gone a little overboard in promoting their product and putting down the competition. Of course, there’s small business insurance to cover this. C3D would be protected from potential claims of advertising injury through their general liability policy. What’s not covered? Kidnapping and death threats. That’s something the team will need to deal with on their own.

So, if the Livefye office is fake and Andy Corvel paid off Derek’s lawyer fees, what exactly has been going on this whole season? And who actually stole their prototypes?