Lets talk about men’s mental health at work…

Our recent LinkedIn poll has highlighted that 48% of people are unable to speak honestly about stress issues in the workplace. 82% of those were men. 52% of people felt they could discuss stress issues in the workplace. 83% of those were women.

For some men, discussing stress in the workplace can be challenging due to various reasons, including societal expectations, cultural norms, and personal beliefs. Traditionally, men have been encouraged to be stoic and strong, which can create pressure to suppress emotions and appear unaffected by stress.

Additionally, there may be concerns about how discussing mental health issues could impact perceptions of competence or career advancement. Fear of being perceived as weak or vulnerable may also discourage men from opening up about their stress.

However, attitudes toward mental health are evolving, and many workplaces are increasingly recognising the importance of supporting employees’ mental well-being. Initiatives such as mental health awareness programs, employee assistance programs, and destigmatisation efforts can encourage men to feel more comfortable discussing stress and seeking support when needed.

Ultimately, breaking down the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and creating a supportive workplace culture where everyone feels comfortable discussing their challenges is crucial for promoting well-being and productivity.

Damon Thomas is currenlty the only male working at Hasson Associates. Here’s what he has to say.

Get talking!  Working in an inclusive and supportive team makes it easier to talk about the things that maybe before I wouldn’t have and I would hope this works both ways.  No one judges and I know if I don’t talk and allow thing to fester, I will not be my best self.  So don’t keep it in, talk. Thanks Team!”

Here are some tips to consider to help you open up about your work related stresses in the workplace:

Open up:
Don’t hesitate to talk about your feelings and concerns with trusted colleagues, friends, or a mental health professional.

Set boundaries:
Establish a healthy work-life balance by setting boundaries between work and personal life. Avoid overworking and make time for hobbies and relaxation.

Take breaks:
Regular breaks throughout the workday can help reduce stress and improve productivity. Step away from your desk, go for a walk, or practice deep breathing exercises.

Stay active:
Physical activity is great for mental health. Incorporate exercise into your routine, whether it’s going to the gym, taking a walk, or participating in sports.

Seek support:
If you’re struggling with mental health issues, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. Many workplaces offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) that provide counselling services.

Practice mindfulness:
Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing, can help reduce stress and improve focus and resilience.

Connect with others:
Build positive relationships with coworkers and seek social support when needed. Feeling connected and supported at work can have a positive impact on mental health.

Manage stress:
Find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as practicing relaxation techniques, prioritising tasks, and breaking them down into manageable steps.

Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support when you need it.

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