Expert advice for organizations from SOS International

London, 21 November, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November is Men’s Health Awareness Month with MovemberR and International Men’s Day being recognized globally, both of which highlight the importance of supporting men’s health and wellbeing. To mark these key calendar dates, International SOS shares guidance on how organizations can raise awareness of physical and mental health issues among men and encourage early detection and treatment of disease.

Globally, life expectancy among men is lower than among women1 And attitudes toward health care and how effective people perceive preventive measures may differ by sex. For example, men (75.9%) were less likely than women (84.2%) to believe that COVID-19 measures, including social distancing and wearing masks, were effective in preventing the spread of the virus. When faced with the same illness, men are less likely than women to take a proactive approach to health care2,

“Common health conditions affecting men include heart disease, diabetes, lung and prostate cancer,” said Dr Rodrigo-Rodriguez Fernandez, Global Health Advisor, Wellness & Mental Health, EMEA Practice, Consulting & Solutions at International SOS. In fact , more than 1.4 million men worldwide are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year3, Many factors can contribute to these conditions, including lifestyle choices, diet and cardiovascular fitness. Regular health checkups can help detect some medical issues in the early stages and encourage positive lifestyle changes to improve well-being.”

Dr. Rodrigo-Rodriguez Fernandez continued, “Perceptions and stereotypes of masculinity can also be detrimental to men’s health. The stigma attached to diseases and men’s perception of illness as a weakness are often the reasons why men do not take their own health care. are not vocal about their concerns. Given these traditional societal pressures and stigma, there is a critical need for continued attention to the health and well-being of men in organizations and workplaces. Employers must create healthy and equitable work environments and medical and facilitate access to counseling support that is gender sensitive.”

While both men and women can experience their share of mental health challenges, in general, men are less likely to disclose their mental health issues to family members or friends.4, With a significant number of the working population likely to face such issues, employers are ideally placed to drive change and empower men to seek the support and treatment they need.

Employers can provide expert counseling with a high degree of anonymity, training for team leads to recognize signs of mental illness and create a safe space for conversation. This type of support can help improve the lives of many men silently battling mental health. Getting involved in the movement and awareness events like International Men’s Day, and even a simple act like showing support for it, helps organizations create a workplace culture in which conversation about mental health issues is encouraged and supported.

Top tips for organizations to support the health and wellbeing of men in the workplace:

  1. encourage routine health checkup To help detect certain medical issues at an early stage.

  2. Provide anonymous access to employees mental health and wellness support Which is gender sensitive.

  3. to create safe place Men’s mental health issues for employees to talk about and talk about their mental health.

  4. Make employee well-being the center of the line Manager Job Responsibilities and provide them with the appropriate time, resources, and training to recognize the early signs and symptoms of mental ill-health.

  5. join in global events such as International Men’s Day and the movement and focus on improving the health and well-being of men.

About International SOS Group of Companies

The International SOS Group of Companies is in the business of saving lives, protecting your global workforce from health and safety threats. Wherever you are, we provide customized health, safety risk management and wellness solutions to boost your growth and productivity. In the event of extreme weather, a pandemic or a security incident, we provide immediate response while providing peace of mind. Our innovative technology and medical and security expertise focus on prevention, providing real-time, actionable insights and on-the-ground quality delivery. We help protect your people, your organization’s reputation, as well as support your compliance reporting needs. By partnering with us, organizations can meet their responsibilities of care, while empowering business resilience, continuity and sustainability.

Established in 1985, International SOS Group, headquartered in London and Singapore, is trusted by over 9,500 organisations, including most of the Fortune Global 500 as well as medium-sized enterprises, governments, educational institutions and NGOs. 13,000 multicultural security, medical, logistics and digital experts are standing by your side to provide support and assistance from over 1,000 locations in 90 countries, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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