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HC Online | 24 Nov 2010, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Australian workplaces need greater investment into depression and mental health services for men, according to a recent survey of 300 male and female senior executives and business leaders.

  • Bernie Althofer | 25 Nov 2010, 02:26 PM Agree 0
    This is great to see. As organisations are starting to put work health and safety on the Agenda, mental health should be up there as part of it. It does seem that men are expected to be ten foot tall and bullet proof, maintain a stiff upper lip and not show any sign of ''weakness''. Unfortunately, there may be workplaces where any admission or request for help is seen as a career limiting move. It is OK to talk to your GP about your personal phsical and/or psychological concerns. It is OK to show your emotions and shed a tear every now and then. It is OK to say to someone "Are you OK?" It can be hard for some men to admit they need help. Peer Support Officers can provide the shoulder to lean on, to discuss issues in confidentiality, to seek advice about future courses of action and in some cases, help with getting more professional assistance e.g. psychologist. People who come forward seeking assistance for a mental health issue should be provided with all the support they require.
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