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Men more likely to experience work-related mental health problems


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A new study has found that men are twice as likely to suffer from mental health problems due to their job compared to other problems outside of the workplace.

The study by mental health charity Mind, who surveyed 15,000 employees across 30 organisations, found that 32% of men blame their job on their poor mental health, compared to 14% of men who blame problems outside of work. 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.

The data has also shown that men are less likely to seek help or take time off work than women. While 38% of women feel the culture in their organisation makes it possible to speak openly about their mental health problems, only 31% of men say the same. Similarly, 43% of women have taken time off for poor mental health at some point in their career, but this is true for just 29% of men.

With this in mind, it appears that while men are more likely to suffer from mental health issues due to their work, women are more likely to approach a manager for support. Previous research undertaken by Mind suggests that men attempt to find ways of dealing with their issues on their own rather than seeking any help or opening up to someone. Mind continues to urge men to open up and ask for help early on, ensuring they can receive the support they need before they reach crisis point.

Taking the results of the study into consideration, Mind has urged employers to sign up to the Workplace Wellbeing Index 2017/18. The index has been created to educate employers of the best policy and practice when it comes to their employees' mental health, promoting positive mental health.

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.

"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."

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