Research published by Mind last week showing that men are more likely to experience work-related mental health problems is a moment to reflect on some of the recent statistics around mental health.

The topic has gained a lot of traction in the media recently. The latest study by mental health charity Mind sheds light on the relationship between men’s mental health and the workplace. It shows that men are twice as likely to attribute poor mental health due to their job (32%), compared to problems outside of work (14%). For comparison, the study found that women cite their job and contributing factors outside of work equally.

Facing mental health head on

The topic has certainly not been shy of media exposure, with a number of high-profile figures speaking out about their own experiences. Populus research has shown that a quarter (24%) of people report feeling less alone when hearing about celebrities’ accounts of mental health(1).

Celebrities such as Ruby Wax and Stephen Fry are well-known public campaigners. Recently, more male figures in the public eye have also spoken out about their experiences. Prince Harry, Zayne Malik and Stormzy are all recent examples. Only last month, the writer Matt Haigh called on people to recognise the physical nature of mental illness.

Previous Populus research for Mind has shown that men often try to find ways of dealing with their problems independently. Instead of talking about concerns, they say they prefer to watch TV, exercise or self-medicate, such as drink alcohol.(2)

Mental health affects everyone. Mind urges men to open up and ask for help earlier on, so they can receive the support they need, before they reach crisis point. Employers can also sign up to Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index 2017/18 by 18 September 2017.

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(1) Polling was conducted by Populus who interviewed 2,038 GB adults online between 9 and 10 November 2016

(2) Data taken from Mind’s It’s OK To Cry research, September 2015, carried out by Populus who interviewed 2,063 GB adults online between 8 and 10 May 2015