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Depression, The Silent Killer

Although there are reports of nearly three million Canadians experiencing depression, it is less likely that it will be diagnosed in the male counterparts in the workplace.

This is according to a study conducted by the Canadian Health Association that describes mental illness in men as – ‘a shadowy crisis that is slowly coming to light’.

Men often do not realise the physical signs, such as headaches, chronic pains and digestive problems could be attributed to mental health. There are also the social barriers that dictate that men who show their emotions are inadequate. All this leads to the fact that men often don’t recognise that there is a problem and seek help.

In Canada alone, the number of men who die by suicide is four times more than woman although the depression only diagnosed half as often.

When there is a connection with supportive peers and good access to proper health information, men are more likely to seek help. By promoting employees’ wellbeing, companies will significantly cut down on costs associated with increased absenteeism, staff turnover and lower productivity.

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


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