Men more likely to experience work-related mental health problems

A survey by Mind, the charity dedicated to providing advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, has revealed that men are twice as likely to have mental health problems as a result of their job.

The research reveals that almost a third of men attribute poor mental health to their job, while women cite both their job and problems outside of work as equal contributing factors.

Conversely, just 1 in 7 men cite problems outside of work for mental health issues, while 1 in 5 women cite problems at work as contributing factors.

The results also indicate men are less likely to seek help or take time off work. And while 38% of women feel their work culture enables them to speak positively about their mental health problems, only 31% of men feel the same.

This is borne out by the fact that just 29% of men have taken time out for poor mental health at some point in their career, compared to 43% of women.

It all indicates that while men are most likely to have work-induced mental health problems, it is women who are more likely to seek support in the workplace. Previous Mind research confirms this, suggesting men often try to solve problems independently and, instead of reaching out or sharing, prefer to watch TV, exercise or self-medicate.

Moreover, the results show the difference between how men and women feel they are supported in the workplace. 58% of women feel their manager regularly checks in with them, while just 48% of men feel the same. 

Conversely, the research indicates that 74% of line managers feel they can confidently support a team member with mental health problems. However, there is also a gender discrepancy here with just 60% of male line managers saying they have a good understanding of how to promote mental wellbeing, compared to 74% of female line managers.

Mind surveyed 15,000 employees, of whom 1,763 were experiencing poor mental health, across 30 organisations and released the results as they simultaneously urge employers to sign up to the Workplace Wellbeing Index 2017/18.

Mind aims for the index to be a benchmark of best policy and practice in the context of staff mental health, celebrating employers who promote and support positive mental health and providing recommendations where there is room to improve.  The Index gives companies an opportunity to examine their own practices and assess how good their own mental health support is.

Thirty organisations took part in the first ever Index earlier this year including Lendlease, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, the Environment Agency, Jaguar Land Rover, PepsiCo, Deloitte and Barnardo’s.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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Men more likely to experience work-related mental health problems