Preventing occupational disease and injury, second edition. Levy BS, Wagner GR, Rest KM, Weeks JL, eds. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2005 Jan; :473-475
The relationship between work and suicide is complex. The fundamental issue researchers and practitioners face is simply defining what is meant by the term "occupational or work-related suicide." Most occupational injury fatality surveillance systems only capture incidents that occur on an employers' premises or while a worker is engaged in work activities. In the case of suicide, deaths that occur at a work site may not have any relationship to the work itself, but rather to the availability of a means for committing suicide or simply being the place at which the decision to take one's life is ultimately made. Conversely, suicides that are indeed driven by work-related factors may occur at a worker's home or other place and the work-related component is unclear or unknown. For this reason, existing statistics on workplace suicide should be interpreted with caution. The vast majority of the literature on occupation and suicide is based on mortality studies in various occupational groups. There are other dimensions to the relationship between work and suicide that must also be considered, such as the notion of meaningful work being a potential deterrent or protective factor for suicide. However, if work or the stress that comes from work is or becomes negative, it may become a risk factor.
Mortality-data; Occupational-hazards; Workers; Traumatic-injuries; Surveillance-programs; Risk-factors; Stress; Worker-health; Work-environment; Mental-disorders; Mental-health; Mental-illness; Mental-stress; Psychological-disorders; Psychological-effects; Psychological-factors; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-responses; Psychological-stress
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Levy-BS; Wagner-GR; Rest-KM; Weeks-JL
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Preventing occupational disease and injury, second edition