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Did you know, the biggest killer of men aged 18-45 in the UK is suicide. It’s a shocking statistic and one that we all have a part to play in tackling. A key place to start is the workplace. A recent survey of 15,000 employees across 30 organisations conducted by Mind shows that men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to problems outside of work. In fact, 32 per cent of those asked attributed poor mental health to their job. The Occupational Healthcare experts at YourGP discuss the factors that can impact men’s mental health in the workplace and what we can all do to help.
Tackling the stereotypically ‘macho’ work culture
Research has shown that work issues more commonly affect the mental health of men in comparison to women, but more than this – men are less likely than women to speak up, seek help, and take time off work to address these problems.
This may be due, in part, to the stereotypical ‘macho culture’ of some workplaces and the harmful perception that employees should ‘man up’ and not talk about their emotions. Some men may feel pressure to be the traditional breadwinner and may assume that by talking openly about their mental health it could be interpreted as a sign of weakness or a lack of resilience in coping, and they may be passed over for promotion.
In addition, research has shown that compared to women, men are less likely to talk to friends and family about their mental health, less likely to access psychological therapies, and more likely to use potentially harmful coping methods such as drugs or alcohol.
Factors that can contribute to poor mental health at work
Promoting positive mental health in the workplace
A workplace where all staff members are supported, communication is open, help is accessible, and positive mental health is actively promoted is a happier and more productive one. The alternative is a workplace where problems are ignored and vulnerable individuals are in danger of spiralling into anxiety and depression.
To help your team get the best out of their job and the best out of life, here are five simple things you can start to action today:
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If you would like to discuss further ways you can support the men’s mental health in your workplace, get in touch with YourGP’s team of Occupational Health specialists on 0131 225 5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment.
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