Studies have proved that staff wellness programmes have reduced levels of sickness, and absences. Good employee health is good for business, but this has become an issue with only 37% of male employees visiting their GP in the last three months. Why is this? Men do not want to take time off from their working hours.
Research shows that 34% of working-age men are reluctant to take time off work, especially for mental health issues as they would feel embarrassed or ashamed. This can result in the high result of men committing suicide.
The same research also found the following:
- Statistics show 30% of men would not take time off from work when finding blood in their urine
- 40% would not take time off from work when finding an unexpected lump
- 42% of men with chest pain would not ask for annual leave
- 52% of men suffering from mental health do not feel comfortable enough to tell their employer about their condition, due to fear of what they would think of them.
A report by the Samaritans in 2012 shows there are five key factors that increase the risk of male suicide:
- Being Male – Men are more likely than women to address stress through risks such as misusing alcohol.
- Relationship breakdowns – A marriage breakdown is more likely to lead men to suicide.
- Mid-Life – People in mid-life are experiencing unhappiness more so than younger and older generation.
- Emotional illiteracy – Men find it harder and have a less positive view on speaking to a therapist.
- Socio-economic Factors – Unemployed people are more likely to die from suicide than those who are in work.
To find out more on men’s health week visit the Men’s Health Forum