A spotlight on men's mental health in the workplace: Movember

men's mental health in the workplace

The statistics surrounding mental health always make for difficult reading, especially those amongst men.

Every week, 125 people in the UK take their own lives and 75% of these suicides are male.

The toxic ideas of masculinity need to change, and in this current post-pandemic world, we need to talk more about men’s mental health and how we can have these conversations more openly in the workplace too.

Suicide is the leading cause of death globally for men under 50, described by WHO as a “global silent epidemic”. It is thought that Mental health issues arise when emotions are suppressed through stigma. Perhaps this starts at a very young age, where emotional responses are associated with females, transforming the gender role of a male into a harmful one, where natural, normal human reactions are often stifled. Society’s outlook on how men should be is a significant part of the problem. It is an employer’s duty of care to make sure that workplace mental health is an open conversation for men and all genders.

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Too often in the media, men are seen as strong, resilient characters who don’t show emotions, creating a taboo around mental health with men, especially those of higher authority such as bosses or colleagues in the workplace. This is far from the truth. Emotions are what make human beings unique and being able to express these enable them to be their best selves at home and at work. Men have these human emotions and feelings too, which is why many charities exist specifically to break down the stigma that asking for help is weak and that support is out there. Asking for help is strong, and employers should make this as easy as possible when considering mental health in the workplace. We want to spread this message every day, especially during this Movember month.

Movember looks at mental health through a male lens, focusing on prevention, early intervention and health promotion.

Whether it’s been triggered by a significant life event or not, anxiety, depression, stress and far too often, suicide, are substantial feelings and experiences felt by men across the world. Many of whom are suffering in silence. The perceived lack of space to open up and communicate honestly without judgement goes beyond the home network. Some 34% of UK men fear their job could be at risk if they discussed their mental health at work, and this needs to be debunked by the organisations themselves. Making everyone, including men, feel safe to discuss their issues is of paramount importance. 

Depression is not a sign of weakness; it doesn’t always stem from childhood trauma or life events. It can evolve for little reason at all, but the effects can be devastating when it goes untreated.

Depression does not discriminate, someone can be seen to have all the happiness and success in the world, but deep down when the layers are peeled back, the reality can be something entirely different.

A perfect example here is to look at male celebrities, actors, music artists and sports stars. The exterior of their life seems very shiny and optimistic; they are often viewed to ‘have it all’. But so often this is not the case, with many struggling with mental health issues.

Men are nearly four times more likely than women to take their own life.

There is a range of studies, theories and research into why this disproportionately affects men, but the truth is there is no one clear answer. That’s why raising awareness about mental health amongst men and encouraging them to seek help, speak up and talk about their problems is fundamental. There are far too many men battling alone and seeing no way out, but there is always hope and the chance of a better life.

Treatment for Mental Health

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the treatment choice for depression, anxiety and a range of other psychological problems. It is a way of helping to cope with stress, disorders and emotional issues by looking at the connection between how you think, how you feel and how you behave. In some instances, medication can be required alongside CBT.

Using CBT, employers can help their employees to approach unhelpful thoughts and negative self-talk by working out different ways of thinking and behaving so that they can cope better with whatever life may bring. Supporting employees through this can be done in numerous ways, some small and some big.

At Onebright, our CBT sessions are delivered by BABCP accredited therapists, meaning you get the highest standard of CBT therapy possible. Results from a clinical survey unveiled that we achieve an 87% recovery rate for people completing our therapy services. The industry standard is 52%, so you can see how effective CBT therapy with us can be.

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