“The lines between personal and work life are shrinking,” said Hope Tiesman, PhD, a study author and epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Division of Safety Research. “We know that suicide is multi-factorial in nature; therefore, we need to take advantage of multiple opportunities to intervene in an individual’s life — including the workplace.”
This study looked at workplace suicide data from 2003 to 2010. Law enforcement officers and firefighters have a 3.5 times higher suicide rate compared to the overall U.S. workplace suicide rate. In those cases, the use of a firearm was most common.
By The Nation's Health, American Public Health Association - Article