Redditch businesses urged to combat stigma around men's mental health - The Redditch Standard

Redditch businesses urged to combat stigma around men's mental health

Redditch Editorial 11th Apr, 2024 Updated: 15th Apr, 2024   0

A REDDITCH businesswoman has spearheaded an event aimed at an all-male demographic of engineers to shed light on the importance of men’s mental health.

Through her company, Smile Box, Donna Fisher brought together a diverse group of men from company, Intec Laser Services, to explore the importance of open discussion in combating mental health challenges.

Despite strides made in recent years, mental health remains a significant concern, particularly among men who often face societal pressures to suppress their emotions.

The event featured a series of engaging discussions and team-building activities designed to encourage a supportive environment where attendees felt comfortable opening up about their mental health and the stigma that still exists.

As a result of this four-hour workshop, participants gained valuable insights into the importance of prioritising their mental wellbeing and supporting their colleagues in doing the same.

Donna said: “We know there is lots of work to do in reducing the stigma that still surrounds male mental health. Men need to know that showing feelings and asking for help when things feel tough is a sign of strength, not weakness.

“The old narrative of ‘man up’ or a ‘stiff upper lip’ still exists, particularly for older generations, and we are doing what we can at Smile Box to challenge this by reminding people it’s OK to speak up when life feels difficult.

“This event allowed us to bring together a group of local men in a relaxed environment where we created a safe space for individuals to share their experiences and learn from one another.”

The event also emphasised the role of employers in fostering a workplace culture that prioritises mental health and encourages employees to seek help when needed.

Intec Laser Services managing director  Dale Hollis, said: “We are committed to supporting our staff by partnering with organisations to promote mental wellness in the workplace

“If anyone in the manufacturing space is thinking about running a session like this, don’t hesitate, to see everyone engaging and opening up about mental health was fantastic.”


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