Helping men at work with mental health issues

October 16, 2017   //   No Comments

A recent survey of 15,000 employees across the UK by the mental health charity Mind, found that one in three men (32%) blamed their work for causing mental health problems, compared to one in five women (19%).  The survey also found that men were less likely than women to look for help for their mental health problems or speak openly with colleagues about the problems they were suffering. Men were also less likely to take time off work to help them deal with poor mental health issues.

Untreated and unrecognised, mental illness can have devastating efects among men. Three-in-four people who commit suicide are men, and it is the biggest cause of death for men aged below 35.

Mental health issues include a wide range of conditions. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Stress (feeling under so much emotional or mental pressure that it is difficult to cope). Symptoms include low energy levels, muscle tension or pain, and sleep problems.
  • Anxiety (feelings of unease, fear or worry which can be mild or severe). Symptoms include panic attacks, headaches and insomnia.
  • Depression (more than just feeling unhappy or upset, depression is about long-term feelings of unhappiness or hopelessness). Symptoms include a lack of energy or interest in the outside world, sleeplessness, and aches and pains.
  • OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) (characterised by intrusive thoughts, like worrying about dirt and germs, and repetitive actions, like washing and cleaning).
  • Eating disorders (such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating).

Remember that SAIF provides SAIFSupport, a free and confidential telephone and email helpline.  It is run by Professional Help, a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, which specialises in counselling for workplace stress.  SAIF Members may find out more about SAIF Support by logging into the Members’ area and using this link.

This article was sourced from the government’s Fit For Work website.