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Mental health word cloud To act as a first line of defense, employers must consider evidence-based approaches to support their employees’ mental health. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Recent coverage by The Washington Post cited data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics pointing to an 11 percent uptick in the rate of suicides in the workplace. Given the increased attention to the growing demands on employees in today’s always-on, technology-enabled work mentality, these numbers do not come as a complete shock. What’s more surprising is that many American employers simply aren’t fully considering their role in suicide prevention.

Employers — not just health care plans and providers — are a critical front-line defense for at-risk workers who may deal with anything from work-related stress to a debilitating mental health condition. And while more companies are adopting employee mental health programs and technologies, the question remains whether they’re selecting the right ones.

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