Macho workplace culture is damaging men's mental health, says campaigner

'Employees will do better work if bosses help them talk about mental health', says campaigner

Men are said to be more likely to suffer work-related mental health problems

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Employers have got to encourage staff to come forward with mental health problems as they'll work better if they're less stressed, according to a mental health campaigner.

The charity Mind has said that men are more likely to suffer mental health problems caused by work stress than women, but they are less likely to ask for help.

Rachel Kelly told John Nicolson she believes this could be because "in many households women at home take a lot of the burden perhaps of small children or elderly parents...women say they feel more stressed at home."

She also thinks men might "feel that it would be career-limiting to say that they had a mental health issue and I think there’s probably a bit of the sort of macho thing that they don't want to look like they've got a weakness."

Kelly added that the issue with people talking about mental health also depends on people's bosses as "you’re not going to come forward with a mental health problem at work if your boss isn’t coming forward [and talking].

"I think the other key change is that people have got to understand that actually it’s good for productivity, it’s good for the company, it’s good for results and profits if you want to look at life like that, if people are happy and fulfilled and don’t feel stressed and don’t feel anxious."

Listen to the full interview above