We know the pandemic has been hard on women in specific ways, that we’ve talked about before. But, let’s not forget that there have been massive impacts on men as well, and whether there are women in our workplace or not, we should make mental health a priority.
Research has shown that men with mental illnesses are less likely to have received mental health treatment than women in the past year. And participation in workplace mental health and wellness programs reflects a similar reality. A report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor revealed that the higher the percentage of female employees, the more likely a company is to offer wellness programs.
With men’s risk of depression alone up 154% when compared to before the pandemic, increasing efforts to engage male employees in workplace mental health initiatives have never been more critical.
There are 4 suggestions in the article below, and I encourage you to check them out and apply them in your workplace, toward everyone, but there’s something just so stereotypical that you can see a direct correlation between employee assistance programs and the number of women who work there. That tells me that we still, in 2021, expect men to just suck it up and not need help.
That attitude is damaging, and in some cases killing, men as we speak. The same ones we work with everyday. Don’t we owe them more?