Whether it’s working on a desk or working on the door as a Door Supervisor, working can take its toil on all of us. Yet according to a recent poll 62% of workers believe that having someone in a leadership role speak openly about mental health would make them feel more comfortable talking about it themselves, with male employers and employees needing to be more open about any kind of work related stress that they are currently experiencing.
Mental health is one of the most important issues facing us today and unfortunately one of the most ignored, with many workers continuing to ignore crucial signs that could be having a serious effect on their mental wellbeing.
What is mental health?
According to UK Government statistics, one in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point. This could be anything from anxiety caused by the stress of a job, to depression trigged by unhappiness within the workplace, whether that be from an ongoing disagreement with work colleagues or lack of motivation and support within a current position.
While mental health problems are common, most are mild, tend to be short-term and are normally successfully treated, with medication, by a GP. But regardless of the severity of the issue, all forms of mental health related stress should be dealt with by the individual, with options available within the workplace to help and address these issues.
Stress in the security sector
The security sector is a make dominated industry with more men occupying the roles of Door Supervisor, CCTV Operative and Security Guard then their female counterparts. A survey by the Priory in 2015 found that 40% of men won’t talk to anyone about their mental health, with 77% of men polled having suffered with anxiety, stress and depression at some point in their life.
While a majority of men may feel like that cannot talk openly about their mental health issues, it is particularly difficult for those men who work within the security industry, who due to the nature of their work may feel like showing a form of emotion to be a sign of weakness and vulnerability. Well this is of course far from the truth; it is alarming to see that so many men feel like they cannot talk openly to friends or work colleagues about work related stress they are experiencing in their job.
How to get help
For too long, stigma and embarrassment has stopped men from being able to talk openly about their feelings and mental health concerns. However, there are many mental health charities and helplines that can give you tips and advice on how to manage anxiety and stress that may occur within the workplace.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis.
Contact Number – 0800 58 58 58
Men’s Health Forum
The Men’s Health Forum works with universities and academic institutions, including other men’s charities in raising awareness on men’s mental health issues.
Contact Number – 020 7922 7908
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Contact Number – 03444 775 774
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Contact Number – 0300 123 3393