In the traditions of society, men were deemed to be the ‘breadwinners’ and the ones who were more able to enter the workplace and deal with issues.
However, according to a survey by Mind, men find their work to be the biggest cause of any mental health issues, with 32% of males as opposed to 19% of females blaming their work for causing their mental health issues.
200,000 men have reported to their employer about feeling either stressed, depressed or anxious due to work. This accounts for only 1.2% of men currently in work. Yet when ‘Men’s Health Forum’ completed a recent survey, 34% of men confirmed they felt constantly under pressure or even stressed.
Because men feel they have a lot to live up to – an image society has created for them – many men will suffer debilitating mental health issues completely in silence, without any assistance at all, purely because they feel to not do so would be weak. Many men will choose not to speak openly with colleagues or line managers about the problems they endure and they are much less likely to take time off to improve their issues.
Currently 3 in 4 individuals who commit suicide are men, with this being the biggest cause of death for men below 35.
Men are also statistically more likely to use other methods i.e. alcohol, to attempt to control their feelings therefore, other issues can also manifest.
Ultimately mental health issues can affect men and women, at any age. Therefore, employers need to ensure they are doing all they can to enable their employees to have access to help, if they need it. Any employer owes their employee a duty of care to assist in order that good mental health is achieved.