Health and Safety Committee supports UBC study on Men’s Mental Health in the Workplace

January 7, 2022

To: All MoveUP Members

The Health and Safety committee would like to encourage our male members to participate in a study the UBC Department of Psychiatry is conducting on Men’s Mental Health in the Workplace, Link to Study.

As this is a study on mental health, there may be some questions that can be triggering. Please take the time to reach out to either your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) or any of the links listed below.

Talking about Men’s mental health is still a taboo subject! Death by suicide is the biggest cause of death for Canadian men under the age of 44.

Ipsos MORI surveyed 1,000 Canadian men between the ages of 18 and 75. They found that 28% of men believe they will lose their job if they discuss their mental health at work.  More than 33 per cent of men worry they could be overlooked for a promotion if they mention a problem and 42 per cent of men surveyed said they are also worried about colleagues making negative comments behind their backs.

Mental illness continues to be met with widespread stigma: in hospitals, workplaces, and schools; in rural and urban communities; even among close friends and families. It occurs around the world, not confined within national boundaries or cultural groups.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

Or if you just need to talk with someone, contact bc211 or the Canadian Association for Suicide PreventionDepression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.

In solidarity,

Rysa Kronebusch, Chair

Ann Soucie
Andrea McKenna
Brian Martens
Greg Westerlund
Marcy Marko
Patrick Coghlan

File Number: 21-UNION-BLTN- Health and Safety Committee supports UBC - Jan 7
Union Label: RK:hb usw2009


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