One person a day commits suicide at work

14th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

A recent study carried out by the Conseil economique et social (economic and social council) shows that an average of one person per day commits suicide due to work related stress in France.

A recent study carried out by the Conseil economique et social (economic and social council) shows that an average of one person per day commits suicide due to work related stress in France.

Christian Larose, vice-president of the council and labour union representative in the textile industry, released the staggering figure of 300 to 400 work-related suicides a year.

Furthermore, and as Christian Larose points out, "these figures are increasing and may be too low".

Michel Debout, the president of the National union for suicide prevention, arrives at the same conclusion.  "We face a important and increasingly worrying phenomenon", he said, adding that "today this issue is no longer a taboo" and welcoming initiatives like that of EDF which recently created a "listening and understanding group" forits employees.

Renault and other large French industrial groups have also made similar efforts to prevent work-related suicides.

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