It's not easy to be open and vulnerable, especially when you're at work. Perhaps you're feeling like there's no one to talk to, or that you're not comfortable expressing how you feel. Society has pressed it into our heads that men need to be 'tough' and 'strong' leading to many struggling to admit their feelings.
This harmful stigma causes all sorts of issues, and can be detrimental to men's health. Suicide has become the biggest cause of death for men under the age of 35 in the UK, and three times as many men as women die by suicide.
The most common mental health issues in men stem from; stress, depression, anxiety, OCD and eating disorders.
How to help employees experiencing bad mental health?
It's important to not only act but recognise the signs of someone going through a tough time. Managers and supervisors should be trained to spot the signs of poor mental health and know how to support their wellbeing. Encouraging people to express their worries and not covering up their feelings.
Allowing flexibility is also very important, it's stressful feeling a lack of control at your job, therefore allowing some relief with job hours and workload can make a real difference. The right work-life balance will also be very beneficial if they've got a lot going on.
Encouraging out of work meet ups and activates can also benefit mental health, social events form closer bonds with colleagues which will help with expressing feelings and not keeping everything to themselves.
Everyone is going through a silent journey that others don't know about, the strongest thing you can do is ask for help. Talk to a colleague, a manager or a friend, don't suffer in silence.
If you need help, there are plenty of resources and help available https://www.mind.org.uk/