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Mens mental health more affected than womens by work pressures

Thursday 10th August 2017
Work pressures are the main factor that UK men blame for their poor mental health, according to a new study. Image: g-stockstudio via iStock
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Men are most likely to report poor mental health because of their work rather than due to problems in their personal lives, according to new research.

Mental health charity Mind has published the results of a recent survey that show almost one-third (32 per cent) of men in the UK attribute their depression or anxiety to their job, while 14 per cent believe their life outside of work to be a bigger contributing factor.

In contrast, women blame the pressures of their jobs and their personal lives equally for their poor mental health.

However, women are more likely than their male counterparts to seek help and take time off work in order to prevent their mental health from worsening, with 38 per cent reporting a positive, open culture at their company compared to 31 per cent of men.

Some 58 per cent of female workers said their line manager regularly checks in with them to see how they are, but only 49 per cent of men reported the same.

Meanwhile, less than one-third (29 per cent) of men have taken time off work due to their mental health in the past, but almost half (43 per cent) of women have done the same.

Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, commented: "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.

"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."

With this in mind, mental health support workers may need to engage more with employers to ensure that they have measures in place to safeguard their staff's mental wellbeing and enable them to receive the support they need.

Mind's research found that, currently, over one-quarter of managers do not feel confident supporting their staff with mental health problems, with more female line managers reporting feeling confident in this area than males (74 per cent vs 60 per cent).

Written by Angela Newbury

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