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Frank King

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The Mental Health Comedian

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Frank King helps workplaces appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention, creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. It builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving. Interactive exercises and case studies help employers and their staff apply and customize the content to their specific work culture.

Program content is divided into four chapters:

  • Suicide Prevention in the Workplace
  • What to Do When Someone is Suicidal
  • Conversations About Suicide
  • Suicide Postvention
  • Developed by the Carson J Spencer Foundation, the Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace program toolkit features a facilitator’s guide, trainee workbooks, and supplemental materials designed to help workplace administrators and employees better understand and prevent suicide. The program helps workplaces appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. The program builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving. Several interactive exercises and case studies help employers and their staff apply and customize the content to their specific work culture. Working Minds was developed to address a gap in suicide prevention programming for those of working age. The toolkit was built on best practices and the insights of mental health service providers, human resource professionals, and top suicide prevention experts from across the country.

    Mental illness and substance abuse costs employers an estimated $225.8 billion each year, according to a recent study, that featured a random sample of over 28,000 workers in the US. The largest indirect cost of mental illness comes in the form of decreased performance due to absenteeism, or regularly missing work, and presenteeism, or working while sick.

    While most employers notice absenteeism, they often overlook presenteeism. A study measuring health-related productivity estimated that individuals working with untreated illnesses cost employers $1,601 per person each year.

    CEOs underestimate the hidden costs of employee wellbeing. Overestimating the importance of physical health and underestimating the cost and prevalence of mental illness leads to wasteful spending and decreased life satisfaction of employees.

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    “Just wanted to take a minute to thank you again for your time and attention this morning after your presentation. And giving me some kind words and reassurance that there is still a bright future out there. I’m sure your time is limited and I know there’s nothing better than getting back home after being on the road. And you still took the time to have a meaningful conversation with a complete stranger.”

    — Plote Construction Inc.

    “I want to add my own thanks for your terrific presentation at our 14th Annual HealthCare Service Excellence Conference.  I also wanted to tell you how much I appreciated you MCing our Night of Excellence Awards – it truly added to the festivities of the evening. Your session was well received by all our delegates, and I’ve attached a letter outlining just a few of their comments.”

    — Custom Learning Systems Group Ltd.

    “I had the great pleasure of listening to you speak this morning in our SPIN meeting. Unfortunately I had to leave to get back to the office just as you finished and was unable to thank you personally. Your testimony touches lives and it certainly touched mine today.”

    — ALL-MED, Inc.
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