Apple supplier Foxconn, battered by a spate of worker suicides this year, is trying a new approach to prevent more deaths after some 3 million square metres of safety netting in its mainland plants failed to deter a young female worker, who leapt to her death in Jiangsu . The world's largest electronics contract manufacturer confirmed to the South China Morning Post yesterday that rallies of more than 800,000 employees to send out anti-suicide messages will take place today at all Foxconn's mainland plants. A spokesman for Hon Hai, Foxconn's Taiwan-based parent company, was quoted by Taiwan's Central News Agency yesterday as saying that Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou would speak at the rally at the Shenzhen plant, whose theme is 'Treasure Your Life, Love Your Family and Care for Each Other to Build a Wonderful Future'. The speech will be broadcast to all of its facilities. '[The rally is] to promote a positive outlook and approach towards life, as well as unity among employees of Foxconn and to extend moral support and resources to help employees deal with personal and work challenges,' said public relations company Burson-Marsteller, which represents the appliance giant. 'Foxconn ... [will] send an important message to employees that they are not alone, and that [the company is] there to support and to help them through their challenges.' The manufacturing giant hopes workers' good mental health can serve as an invisible but impregnable safety net to stop more workers killing themselves after 14 suicide attempts in its plants in Shenzhen and Foshan in Guangdong and Kunshan in Jiangsu. Twelve of those involved died. Foxconn spent 180 million yuan (HK$205 million) to put up security nets outside dormitories in May, but a 22-year-old worker jumped from her Kunshan dormitory into the net early this month and died in hospital. She had worked there for only four months. Today's rallies come after a similar gathering at Foxconn's Taiyuan , Shanxi , plant on Monday, at which about 10,000 workers pledged to cherish their lives and not commit suicide, which they said was 'a violation of work ethics'. According to Foxconn, more than 60,000 mainland employees from the plant have joined the anti-suicide campaign. In Zhengzhou, Henan province, more than 10,000 candidates competing for 600 positions in a Foxconn plant were required to undergo psychological evaluations and stress tests that covered depression, loneliness and their levels of sleep deprivation. Foxconn has tried several methods to reduce the number of suicides, including a huge pay rise and a promise by Gou to review working conditions and listen to workers' demands. Besides the safety nets, the company has set up a 24-hour mental health hotline and organises activities to help workers relax after work. But workers and corporate culture consultants believe that the company's strict management style and inhumane work environment are two of the most direct causes of the suicide attempts. Workers have complained to the Post that they are subject to military-style training and discipline around the clock, in workshops and dormitories. Workers said that Foxconn's methods were based on detailed cost-effectiveness calculations and that subordinates may never question a superior's decision.