It's paramount that workers withdepression and suicidal thoughts to have immediate access to helpwithin an employee assistance program. (Photo:Shutterstock)

September is National Suicide Prevention Month—an opportunityfor employers to learn how they can help workers at risk for takingtheir own lives due to depression, according to Prudential GroupInsurance's report, "Our global suicide crisis: What might be causingit, and how the workplace can respond."

"The correlation between depression and suicide makes thiscrisis a concern for everyone in the workplace — that's becausedepression is the leading cause of disability worldwide," writesthe report's author, Kristin Tugman, vice president of Prudential'shealth and productivity analytics and consulting practice."Therefore, it's in the best interest of employers and insuranceproviders alike to take a proactive role in dealing with thischallenge head on."

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.