A Letter About Job Stress and Suicide

Workplace Stress And Suicide

In many states, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults. In 1998, our son, Keith Loehr, started a job in new-product development after receiving his MBA. The stress from this job, along with the lack of support from his company, were major factors in his decision to end his life seven months later. The impact of his death was enormous. Counting our family, Keith’s co-workers, his friends, our friends, and my employees, Keith’s suicide hurt hundreds of people. The collective negative impact on morale and productivity was enormous.

Companies should consider a confidential employee assistance program. If Keith had had access to a counselor, he might have been more willing to discuss his difficulties and how he was feeling.

Dick Loehr
Kittery, Me.

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