September 3, 2021
National Suicide Prevention Week, an annual observance that highlights the importance of mental health care and early intervention, is Sept. 5-11.
The week includes World Suicide Prevention Day, which is always held Sept. 10 and aims to bring attention to global efforts to prevent suicides.
To help raise awareness, the USPS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is offering updated resources for postal workers.
The EAP website has a section devoted to suicide prevention that includes handouts addressing several topics, including suicide during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as workplace posters.
Additionally, EAP field counselors work with USPS district leaders and advisory committees to highlight suicide prevention locally.
For more than a year, EAP has offered state-of-the-art telehealth options that allow employees to receive counseling services online — a particularly useful benefit during the pandemic, when many people are staying home.
For more information, go to the EAP website, EAP4you.com, or call 800-327-4968 (TTY: 877-492-7341).