Men more prone to work-related mental health issues

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 9, 2017

Mental health charity Mind, who carried out the research, said many men work in industries where a "macho culture" exists which may prevent them from opening up about their feelings. One in five women say that their job is the reason for their poor mental health, the same as those who say problems outside of work is to blame (19 per cent).

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.

A survey of 15,000 employees from 30 organisations led by mental health charity Mind found that a third (32%) of men attributed their poor mental health to their job, whilst only one in seven (14%) said their problem was due to factors outside of work.

Thirty organisations across the United Kingdom took part including Jaguar Land Rover, PepsiCo, Deloitte and Barnardo's. This is higher than that of women who say that their career and problems outside of work are equal in contributing to their mental health issues.

Men are more likely than women to experience mental ill-health because of work, research released today has found.

And 29% of men surveyed said they'd taken time off work due to mental health issues compared to 43% of women.

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

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".

Meanwhile, Dr Jill Miller, diversity and inclusion adviser at the CIPD, urged employers to look at the way their mental health and wellbeing support is used by different employee subsets.

"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".

"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", she explained.

"We're delighted to have worked with many forward-thinking employers in our first year who are doing groundbreaking work to make mental health a priority".

"We hope that many other organisations will follow in their footsteps by taking part in our Workplace Wellbeing Index in 2017-18". The Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice when it comes to staff mental health, created to celebrate the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and to provide key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve.

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