A survey by national Mind of 15,000 employees across 30 organisations has found that one in three men (32 per cent) attribute poor mental health to their job, compared to one in seven men (14 per cent) who say it’s problems outside of work.
Women, on the other hand, say that their job and problems outside of work are equal contributing factors; one in five women say that their job is the reason for their poor mental health, the same as those who say problems outside of work is to blame (19 per cent).
The data also showed that men are less prepared to seek help and take time off than women. While two in five women (38 per cent) feel the culture in their organisation makes it possible to speak openly about their mental health problems, only one in three men (31 per cent) say the same. Two in five women (43 per cent) have taken time off for poor mental health at some point in their career, but this is true for just one in three men (29 per cent).
The findings also showed a difference in how men and women feel they’re being supported in the workplace. While three in five women (58 per cent) feel their manager regularly checks in on how they are feeling, only half of men (49 per cent) feel the same.
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said:
"Our research shows that work is the main factor causing men poor mental health, above problems outside work. [...] 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.
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