Mental health and wellbeing should be a priority for all employers, but when it comes to men’s mental health, the issue is often overlooked. Not purposely of course but because it’s a common fact that men tend to hide their emotions, which can lead to them struggling alone with their mental health.
This is why it is essential that employers provide support to their male employees and foster an open and inclusive workplace culture that encourages conversations around mental health.
Statistics show that males aged 50-54 have the highest suicide rate in the UK, with nearly 75% of all suicides being male, 32% of men are less likely to visit a doctor, particularly during their working years and 40% of men have never spoken about their mental health with anyone. These numbers are alarming and highlight the importance of taking action to address men’s mental health in the workplace.
The first step in supporting men’s mental health is to raise awareness about the issue and encourage men to talk about their struggles without feeling judged. It is crucial to provide a platform where men can talk openly about their mental health issues and share their experiences with others.
Encouraging men to talk about their mental health at work is a great way to reduce stress and ensure that they are not trying to cope alone. Bottling up emotions can lead to further serious issues, and it’s essential to offer a method of guidance and support to those that need it. A recent study by Health Assured found that 77% of corporate management is unsure about how to approach the subject or offer help.
By having an Employee Assistance Program in place or introducing Employee Wellbeing services, it will encourage employees to seek guidance from professionals in a supportive and confidential environment.
It’s also beneficial to make men’s mental health charities such as ANDYSMANCLUB known to your employees.
ANDYSMANCLUB is a charity that offers free support groups across the UK and online, where men can open up about the challenges affecting their lives without fear of judgment. With over 2800 men using their sessions every week and an army of 900+ volunteers on board, the movement is continuing to grow week by week. The club is designed as a safe and non-judgmental space where men can express themselves freely and explore mental health solutions together.
Charities like ANDYSMANCLUB allow men to talk outside of the work environment which some may find less daunting.
Creating an inclusive, supportive work culture where emotional expression is welcomed can help to reduce the mental health stigma and improve men’s mental wellbeing. Employers can take concrete steps such as providing mental health support resources and encouraging men to take the time they need to de-stress and prioritise their mental wellbeing.
Remember, supporting men’s mental health shouldn’t be an afterthought – it should be a top priority for all employers.