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Stress at work is 'causing' poor mental health in men

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More men than woman are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, according to a new report.In a survey for mental health charity Mind 32% of men said work was to blame for poor mental health, compared to just 14% of women.Mind asked 15,000 people about their mental health and what they felt affected their wellbeing.Thirty organisations across the UK took part including Jaguar Land Rover, PepsiCo, Deloitte and Barnardo’s.The survey also found that men were less likely to do anything about problems when they came up.And 29% of men surveyed said they’d taken time off work due to mental health issues compared to 43% of women.In the study more women believed factors at home had an equal impact on their mental health as work. They were also more likely to ask for help from their employer when problems arose.Mind suggests than a “macho” work environment may contribute to poor mental health for many men.
Men find themselves unable to speak to their bosses about the impact that work is having on their wellbeing

Emma Mamo
Mind

“It is concerning that so many men find themselves unable to speak to their bosses about the impact that work is having on their wellbeing and even more worrying that they are then not asking to take time off when they need it,” says Emma Mamo, Mind’s Head of Workplace Wellbeing.The charity’s survey also revealed fewer men than women believe their work makes it possible to speak out about their mental health problems or that their managers check their mental wellbeing.Mind runs a Workplace Wellbeing Index 2017/18, to help advise companies on how to work with staff who are experiencing poor mental health.Image caption Mind surveyed 15,000 people of various ages for their study into mental health in the workplace
“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,” says Emma.”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.”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.”Of the respondents 47% were men, 49% women and the rest preferred not to specify.For more information on mental health visit the BBC Advice pages.Find us on Instagram at BBCNewsbeat and follow us on Snapchat, search for bbc_newsbeat
Source: BBC