A Journey to Zero Male Suicide
It’s International Men’s Day this week, a day to celebrate the contributions and achievements of men while also addressing some critical issues that men face, such as mental health and suicide.
This year, the theme is “Zero Male Suicide.” As HR professionals, you have a unique role to play in supporting this cause and creating a workplace that fosters both physical and mental well-being.
Let’s dive into how you can make a difference in your organisation.
1. Invest in mental health programs and resources for employees. Consider offering workshops, webinars, or counselling services that specifically address men’s mental health issues. Normalise the act of seeking help and make it easy for employees to access support.
2. Encourage work-life balance, which as we know is essential for reducing stress and promoting mental well-being. Allow flexible working hours, support remote work, and ensure that employees can disconnect from work when needed.
3. Organise some training sessions that help break down the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. These sessions can educate employees on recognising signs of distress, offering support, and promoting open conversations.
4. Ensure that your workplace has a strict zero-tolerance policy for any form of harassment. Create a safe environment where employees can openly report issues, knowing they will be heard and supported.
5. Facilitate support groups or networks for men and make them available in the workplace. Sharing experiences and challenges can be incredibly empowering and comforting.
6. Highlight the achievements of men in your organisation and acknowledge their contribution to the workplace. Recognising accomplishments can boost morale and create a sense of value, who doesn’t appreciate that?!
International Men’s Day is not only about celebrating men but also about addressing the issues they face, particularly concerning mental health and suicide. If we can all work together then we can create a workplace where men feel safe, supported, and understood. By promoting open conversations, providing resources, and implementing policies that prioritise mental health, we can make significant strides toward the goal of zero male suicide. This International Men’s Day (and beyond!) let’s support our male colleagues, friends, and family members on this important journey.