by Marianne Calnan
Originally published: August 9, 2017
‘Macho cultures’ preventing many from opening up, says expert
Men are more likely than women to experience mental ill-health because of work, research released today has found.
Around a third (32 per cent) of male respondents to a survey by mental health charity Mind attributed poor mental health to their job, compared to one in seven (14 per cent) who said it was down to problems outside of work. On the other hand, the proportion of women who blamed their job for mental ill-health (19 per cent) was equal to the proportion who cited factors outside of work.
The research, which surveyed 15,000 employees from 30 organisations, of which 1,763 are currently experiencing poor mental health, also revealed that, while two in five women (38 per cent) felt their company’s culture made it possible to speak openly about their mental health problems, only around one in three men (31 per cent) agreed. Meanwhile, 43 per cent of women had taken time off work for poor mental health, compared with 29 per cent of men.