The workplace is a major part of the lives of most Canadians. Many of us spend upwards of 60% of our waking hours at work (Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, 2016). Therefore, when a colleague dies by suicide the emotional and financial costs are enormous not only to family members, but to co-workers and the organization itself. Workplaces need to have measures in place to inform and educate about suicide. It is an issue that cannot be ignored.
Settlement workers need to have basic knowledge of mental health. They need to have enhanced capacity to detect early signs of mental health issues in immigrants and refugees, and strengthened ability to connect those at risk to the appropriate services.