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Manitoba dealing with men’s depression in the workplace

Winnipeg, MN -- A silent crisis. That's how the Canadian Health Association describes men's mental health -- a shad...


Health & Safety

June 30, 2009
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Winnipeg, MN — A silent crisis. That’s how the Canadian Health Association describes men’s mental health — a shadowy crisis that is slowly coming to light, according to the June 2009 issue of the Canadian Health and Safety Report produced by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

 

The CHA reports that nearly three million Canadians will experience depression, however in men it is less likely to be diagnosed.

 

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Studies show that men often don’t make the connection between their mental health and physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive problems and chronic pain. They also may face specific social barriers — e.g. that emotions are a sign of inadequacy — that may prevent them from recognizing and seeking help for their mental health concerns.

 

In Canada men die by suicide about four times as often as women, but only receive a diagnosis of depression about half as often.

 

Often men do not recognize their mental health concerns until they have a great personal and economic cost. Men are more likely to seek help if they have a connection with supportive peers and access to health information. So, while workplaces bear significant costs of men’s mental health issues (e.g. increased absenteeism, staff turnover, lower productivity), they are in a unique position to promote employees’ mental health.

 

Klinic’s Man to Man Project in Winnipeg, MN, is one initiative in place to help reach men through their employers. The project works to address the issue of unrecognized and undiagnosed depression in men, and how it affects communities and workplaces.

 

The project provides free services to Winnipeg men and their workplaces by giving a presentation highlighting the signs and costs of mental distress, and strategies to attain mental wellness. Organizations are pointed to information and resources they can use to promote the overall wellness of their employees.

 

The project provides promotional materials for display in the workplace that invite men to access free, ongoing confidential support for their mental health concerns, at no additional expense to the organization.

 

By shedding light on men’s mental health, men who are suffering from illness can emerge from the shroud of silence and be treated.

 

To learn more about the Man to Man Project, visit http://www.klinic.mb.ca/mantoman/index.html. For information about depression from the Canadian Mental Health Association, visit http://www.cmha.ca/bins/content_page.asp?cid=3-86-87&lang=1.