It is men more than women who suffer mental health problems brought on by work and are less likely to seek help, the charity Mind has said; with a survey of 15,000 employees showing that 1,763 had poor mental health. In fact, men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to problems outside of work.
A third of these men attributed that to their job while 14% said the source was outside work. In contrast, women found their job and external problems equally stressful.
Mind’s Madeleine McGivern, Head of Programs, Workplace Wellbeing, said: “Women feel more able to come forward. And women as line managers feel more equipped to support people with mental health problems. It’s about trying to balance the playing field – we need all employers to encourage people at work to be having conversations about mental health, to normalize those conversations.”
Men and women, workers and managers, should all be able to come forward and talk about any problems, Mind said, adding that men were less likely to feel they could talk about their jobs’ impact on their wellbeing, or to have the tools to support people with mental health problems.
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said: “Our research shows that work is the main factor causing men poor mental health, above problems outside work. 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.
“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.”
The survey also found that men were less likely to seek help or take time off – 29% had been absent for such problems, compared with 43% of women and that men were more inclined to try to deal with problems alone or to cope by watching TV, exercising, or drinking.
Concern about mental health issues in the UK is becoming more prevalent with about one in seven people suffering from stress or anxiety at any one time in the UK.
While some people manage, more and more people are showing signs of over-anxiety, which leads to stress, which can make a significant impact on the quality of life and wellbeing.
Anxiety can manifest itself in different worries – from a fear of being around other people to anxiety in specific situations and anxiety in relationships with particular people at work.
Anxiety is a fear or concern that is exaggerated, and is out of proportion to the situation, although sometimes it may not feel like this. The symptoms of anxiety correlate with the stress response or ‘fight-or-flight’
To experience prolonged flight-or-flight creates feelings of anxiety. It is often rooted in a previous experience that triggered fear or in a general anxiety and worry about your situation at work. There can also be anxiety without knowing what is causing it, a general feeling of anxiety known as ‘free floating’ anxiety.
Hypnotherapy can help alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety by dealing with the causes and symptoms of them and working with the sub-conscious mind to reprogram the repetitive patterns that exist, interrupt the sequence of them and produce a different outcome.
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