Danny McCance 9 Aug 2017 02:30pm

Men more prone to work-related mental health issues

One in three (32%) men attribute poor mental health to work, compared to one in five women

Work as a factor was recorded as higher among men. Only 14% said they attribute poor mental health to problems out of work, compared to women who attributed work and problems outside equally (19%).

The research, from mental health charity Mind, analysed responses from over 15,000 participants across 30 organisations.

The research found that 43% of women have taken time off for mental health reasons in their career, compared to 29% of men.

There is also a disparity in how well men and women feel they’re able to communicate their problems at work, with 38% of women feeling that the culture at work allows them to talk about their mental health compared of 31% of men.

“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,” said Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at 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.

“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,” she added.

Last month, a survey from PwC found that one in three employees are suffering from mental health issues and that nearly a quarter (23%) think their organisation does not take employee wellbeing seriously enough.

In March, Deloitte won a silver medal in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index awards for the work they’re doing towards supporting staff mental health, and HMRC won a bronze medal.