Shocking numbers of men blame poor mental health on job

Shocking numbers of men blame poor mental health on job

A charity has cited work as the main factor in causing poor mental health amongst men – AOL reports.

Mind, who campaign for increased support and respect in regards to mental health, say that men who work in industries where a ‘macho culture’ exists are prevented from opening up about their feelings.

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 wellbeing.

Mind’s survey found that one in three male workers attribute poor mental health to their job, compared with 14% who say its problems outside of work that cause bad mental health.

The survey also found that men are less likely to seek help or take time off work – 43% of women claim they have spent time off work for poor mental health compared to 29% of men.

Instead of opening up, men will often turn to TV, exercise or drink, the charity says.

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said: "Our research shows that work is the main factor causing men poor mental health, above problems outside work.

"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.

"It is concerning that so many men find themselves unable to speak to their bosses about the impact that work is having on their wellbeing and 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 feels 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 wellbeing 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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