Workplace Initiative

Discussing Mental Health and Suicide in the workplace is hard.

It doesn’t need to be. Let us help.

CSI’s Destination Zero initiative is connecting with Fond du Lac County area businesses who are interested in receiving practical tools, resources, and training to better support their employees’ emotional well-being — all at no cost.

By taking a few simple, concrete actions, area businesses can reduce the likelihood of a tragedy which could have long-lasting consequences on their employees’ well-being and on the business as a whole.

Fond du Lac County area businesses that have taken some initial steps to better address employee mental health and workplace suicide prevention include:

While the full roll-out of the program has been delayed due to COVID-19, we want to help companies support their employees during this time of uncertainty and change. Click the button below to contact us and learn more.


The aim of the program is that participating employers will take steps to ensure that their employees, when faced with someone in mental distress (be it a co-worker, customer, family member, or friend), can recognize the warning signs, know how to respond, and have access to crucial information about local resources.

No diagnosing. No treatment.

The goal of the pilot is not to turn a company’s employees into mental health professionals. The goal is that through basic training and informational efforts employees will be better able to notice when someone might be in trouble and respond in a helpful way

Workplace suicide prevention efforts make sense for a number of reasons. These include:

  • Promoting a mentally healthy workforce is good business as it has been shown to lower absenteeism and presenteeism, and increase productivity.
  • Many adults spend nearly 40% of their waking hours at work (more than many spend with their own families). Because of this, they are often in a prime position to notice changes in their co-workers’ emotional well-being.
  • Employees who frequently interact with customers or clients may be in a position to notice concerning behaviors or comments, creating an opportunity for them to intervene.
  • Equipping employees with such information can help them in their interactions with their spouses, children, and friends.  There’s no denying that what happens in employees’ personal lives has an impact on their work. Watching a loved one struggle with their mental health or losing someone to suicide can have a dramatic and lasting impact on someone’s ability to perform at their best.

Ensuring that all members of an organization are capable of identifying someone in distress, know how to respond in a helpful way, and have access to information about local resources can help them in their interactions with their co-workers, customers, spouses, children, and friends — and potentially avoid a tragedy with long-lasting consequences.

Please contact Tammi at kohlmant@fonddulac.k12.wi.us or (920)906-6527 with questions.