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One in three men with poor mental health blame their jobs

Work is the ‘main factor’ causing poor mental health among men, a charity says.
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Work is the 'main factor' causing poor mental health among men, a charity has said.

Many men work in industries where a 'macho culture' exists which may prevent them from opening up about their feelings, mental health charity Mind said.

The charity raised concerns that many men do not feel able to speak to their bosses about the impact their job is having on their well-being.

Mind made the comments in presenting the results of its survey of 15,000 employees of whom 1,763 said they are currently experiencing poor mental health for its Workplace Wellbeing Index, a benchmark of best policy and practice on staff mental health.

Thirty organisations were involved in the survey, including Deloitte, HMRC, the Environment Agency, Jaguar Land Rover

Work is the 'main factor' causing poor mental health among men, a charity has said.

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Mind encourages men to open up and seek help earlier
to avoid reaching a crisis point. Picture: iStock

Many men work in industries where a 'macho culture' exists which may prevent them from opening up about their feelings, mental health charity Mind said.

The charity raised concerns that many men do not feel able to speak to their bosses about the impact their job is having on their well-being.

Mind made the comments in presenting the results of its survey of 15,000 employees – of whom 1,763 said they are currently experiencing poor mental health – for its Workplace Wellbeing Index, a benchmark of best policy and practice on staff mental health.

Thirty organisations were involved in the survey, including Deloitte, HMRC, the Environment Agency, Jaguar Land Rover and PepsiCo.

Speaking openly

The poll found that one in three men, or 32%, attribute poor mental health to their job, compared with 14% who say it is due to problems outside of work.

Women said their job and problems outside of the workplace are equal contributing factors.

The survey also found that men are less likely to seek help or take time off work. It reported that 43% of women said they had taken time off due to poor mental health at some point in their career, compared with 29% of men.

Only 31% of men said the culture in their organisation makes it possible to speak openly about their mental health problems, compared with 38% of women.

Crisis point

The charity said men often try to deal with problems on their own, rather than sharing them.

Instead of talking about their problems, some men prefer to watch TV, exercise or turn to drink, the charity said.

The mental health charity encourages men to open up and seek help earlier to avoid reaching a crisis point.

Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, said: 'Many men work in industries where a macho culture prevails or where a competitive environment may exist which prevents them from feeling able to be open.

Support from managers

'It is concerning that so many men find themselves unable to speak to their bosses about the impact that work is having on their well-being, and it's even more worrying that they are then not asking to take time off when they need it.

'Our research shows that the majority of managers feel confident in supporting employees with mental health problems, but they can only offer extra support if they're aware there is a problem.

'In the last few years we've seen employers come on leaps and bounds when it comes to tackling stress and supporting the mental well-being of their staff, including those with a diagnosed mental health problem.

'However, there is more to do, and employers do need to recognise the different approaches they may need to adopt in how they address mental health in the workplace.'


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