Why Don’t We Count Suicide?
December 14, 2012
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics does count suicide in its rate of on-the-job deaths, why don’t we or the media do that? When someone commits suicide it is certainly a tragedy that, that person didn’t feel that anything could help. But don’t they deserve to be counted at work as well?
2 weeks ago a football player on my favorite team committed suicide at the team’s practice facility. Jevon Belcher was a promising young linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs. And then he killed his girlfriend (Cassandra Perkins) and then himself. And while this will show up in the official statistics, it will not show up on our minds or the media as an incident of WPV. And that is sad in and of itself.
Believe it or not suicide accounts for over 300 deaths per year at work. It helps the rate of violent death at work a fairly high 17% of all workplace deaths. Many of these are done because of the individual offing themselves after perpetrating an incident of WPV in their workplace or former place of employment.
66% of all perpetrators of WPV will commit suicide after the fact. It doesn’t matter whether it was a domestic violence i.e. the incident in Cleveland last weekend, or the employee coming back into the building as with this summer at the Empire State Building.
We as a nation and public need to start counting WPV deaths as they are and not what we are fed by the media. Domestic violence, child abuse, suicide, whatever the reasoning may be, if it is WPV. Then let’s call it that. If it happens at work or because of work then it has to be WPV.
With the economy times, we’re coming to (the fiscal cliff), we will see more homicide and suicide at businesses in the coming year, of that I’m positive. It’s all tragic, but when we just explain it away and give the proper credence to it, then we really are helping to commit another tragedy.