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Men twice as likely to experience mental health problems due to work as women

By Neil Trainis

PUBLISHED: September 8, 2017 | UPDATED: September 11, 2017

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Men are twice as likely to experience mental health problems because of their job compared with issues outside of their employment and are less likely than women to seek help and take time off according to research from Mind.

Of 15,000 employees surveyed as part of the study, 1,763 were found to be suffering from poor mental health, including one in three men who say poor mental health is connected to their job compared to one in seven who attribute it to factors outside work.

Three in five women, equating to 58%, said their manager regularly checked to see how they were feeling compared with 49% of men.

One in three men said their company’s culture made it impossible for them to talk openly about their mental health problems. That was compared to two in five women.

Two in five women have taken time off because of poor mental health at some point in their career compared with one in three men.

“Our research shows that work is the main factor causing men poor mental health, above problems outside work,” said Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at Mind.

“Many men work in industries where a macho culture prevails or where a competitive envi-ronment 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 hav-ing 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 feel confident in supporting employees with mental health problems but they can only offer extra support if they’re aware there is a problem.

Mamo added: “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.”