Researchers at the University of Ottawa have begun a study of work-related suicide among Canadian workers. Many of us in the injured worker community have met workers who have contemplated taking their own lives or know people who have done so. The impact of the worker’s compensation system on worker’s mental health is a significant concern and work-related suicide is likely greatly under-reported.
The research begins with an online survey for experienced practitioners who in their professional, working or volunteer capacity have knowledge of issues relating to work-related suicide or workplace mental health. The purpose of this survey is to examine how to define work-related suicide, its causes and consequences, relevant laws and policies, and current and recommended prevention strategies. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential and anonymous. Results of the survey will be shared and published, but will be presented in a manner that protects the anonymity of individuals participating in this study. To access the survey go to https://uottawapsy.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1LH6zKFSWR8CUGa
If you need further information, you may contact Merna Fatohi, PhD Student and Research Assistant, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa, email: email@example.com
The lead researcher is Professor Steven Bittle who spoke at the ONIWG Annual General Meeting in 2019. Prof. Bittle presented his study on under-reporting of workplace deaths “Work Related Deaths in Canada” . “We have a much greater chance of being sickened or killed by a major corporation than traditional street crime,” said Steven Bittle. The Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada’s data suggests 1,000 annual deaths in Canada are work-related. Bittle’s research suggests 10,000–13,000 deaths are the actual numbers when taking into account alternative data and unreported cases.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline. Find more information on when and how to help at Preventing suicide