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Date posted: 13th June 2023

13th June 2023

Promoting Men’s Mental Health: Empowering the C-Suite to Make a Difference

Promoting Men’s Mental Health: Empowering the C-Suite to Make a Difference
In today’s workplace, mental health issues have a significant impact on employees, regardless of their gender. However, men face unique challenges, with alarming rates of suicide and reluctance to seek help. As highlighted by the Men’s Health Week this week, it is crucial for the C-Suite to understand the factors affecting men’s mental health and take proactive steps to support their well-being.
This article written by Thom Dennis explores the influence of toxic masculinity, the need for inclusivity, the importance of creating safe spaces for men to discuss their experiences, and the role of leadership in fostering a supportive and compassionate work culture. By prioritizing men’s mental health, organizations can create a healthier, more inclusive environment for all employees.
From the article in DiversityQ:
Considering that the average person devotes a significant portion of their life to work, it is crucial for businesses to acknowledge the impact of workplace issues on their employees’ mental and physical health, irrespective of gender. Disturbingly, men are three times more prone to suicide than women, and According to a Government wellbeing survey they are less likely to seek assistance and report lower life satisfaction levels compared to women at all stages of life. With Men’s Health Week this week, it becomes imperative to identify the factors affecting men’s mental well-being and explore proactive measures that the C-Suite can take to address these concerns effectively.

Toxic masculinity
The concept of toxic masculinity arises from societal norms and expectations surrounding masculinity. According to Chris Hemmings, a psychotherapist and men’s specialist coach, the term itself can be seen as demeaning and alienating for men, discouraging their active involvement in discussions about gender roles and expectations.

Many men feel they are unable to get it right
Numerous men struggle with a persistent sense of inadequacy, as societal stigma surrounds their gender. Blame is often unfairly placed on all men due to instances of harassment, misogyny, or violence. While it is crucial for women to feel safe, this blame has resulted in good men feeling fearful and anxious in everyday situations, such as taking public transportation or walking alone. Men increasingly encounter rhetoric that portrays them as the root of societal issues, causing many to hesitate in actively participating in finding practical solutions.

Inclusivity has to be for men too
Speaking on behalf of ‘everyone in the room’ means inclusivity for all, that has to include men too.  In some organisations we’ve spoken to, men are not allowed to have a men’s network because it is against the Equality Act – something that is indicative of the whole problem, according to Chris Hemmings.
“Men are not allowed to have healthy spaces because some men in the past created unhealthy ones. As with any gender or group, we need to be able to allow men to get support because, ultimately, the more empathy, the better for the individual. Not to mention everyone in that business and, therefore, the bottom line. Everyone should be taken care of in the workplace, and everyone has a part to play.”

Read the full article, here.

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