The purpose of Men’s Health Week, which is being held this week running up to Father’s Day, is to tackle stigma in men’s mental health and promote mental wellbeing and help-seeking in men.
It is generally accepted that, on the whole, men wait longer before going to see a doctor with a health condition, which can have unfortunate consequences, especially with mental health conditions. According to the Men’s Health Forum, roughly equal numbers of men and women experience mental health problems, however, women are much more likely to seek help.
People who work spend a significant proportion of their lives in the workplace. Therefore it is vital that workers’ health is protected at work as it is often here that the first signs of mental or physical distress become apparent.
Understandably, many managers feel uncomfortable broaching the subject of a person’s health with them for fear of causing offence, and mental health issues can be particularly difficult to talk about. This is why managers/employers should call the free Health for Work Adviceline to get guidance on how to support employee with mental health issues in order to protect the interests of both the employee and the organisation. The Health for Work Adviceline (0800 0 77 88 44) service is also available for employees, who might be seeking guidance prior to discussing health issues with their employer, as well as for GPs who may want to discuss the effect that their patients’ health conditions may be having on their ability to work.