Men more likely to experience mental health issues in the workplace

Written by Liz Guilford on . Posted in mental health

Men more likely to experience mental health issues in workplace

According to new research from Mind, men are more likely to experience mental health problems in their workplace than women. They surveyed 15,000 employees from 30 organisations and found that one in three men (32%) had mental health problems or poor mental health as a result of their jobs. This contrasts with one in five women (19%).

Women’s mental health was found to be more likely to be adversely affected by problems outside of work. This was the case for one in five women (19%) compared to one in seven men (14%).

The study also found differences in how men and women respond to suffering mental ill health. It found that 43% of women have previously taken time off work because of poor mental health, in contrast to 29% of men.

The research also found that 74% of line managers feel confident in supporting a team member with mental health problems. However, there were discrepancies between male and female managers, with 60% of male line managers saying they have a good understanding of how to promote the mental wellbeing of staff, compared to 74% of female line managers.

It also found that the culture of an organisation impacts significantly on whether people feel able to discuss their mental health, with 38% of women agreeing that their workplace is open to discussing mental health compared with 31% of men. This suggests that whilst men are more likely to experience mental health issues because of their work, women are more likely to open up and seek support from their line manager or employer.

“This study emphasises the importance of employers having a range of support in place to help employees who are struggling with mental health issues. With such a significant number of men admitting to mental health problems that have been caused by their work, for example, employers need to ensure that line managers have the training to identify and support those in need, as well as having independent and confidential services such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs) in place to help those who do feel able to access support,” commented Neil Mountford, chair of the UK EAPA.

Want to find out more? You can read more on Mind’s research into men’s work related mental health issues here.

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