When you’re feeling down or suicidal, you might feel like you need help.
But if you’re a male care worker, it might be a little harder.
The gender pay gap is the biggest in the U.S., but the gap between male and female workers is even bigger, according to a new report.
And, because of a lack of pay equity, some workers don’t even have access to mental health care.
So when your boss or coworker tells you that you need support or that you should be ashamed, or that they think you are crazy, don’t be afraid.
That can be just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to your boss’s or coworkers’ reactions when you talk about your mental health.1.
What can I do to make them feel better?
Talk about your depression or suicidal thoughts with your manager or coworkers as soon as possible.
This is critical, says Dr. Karen Houghton, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This includes talking about your feelings, how you’re coping, and what you think will work to calm you down.
“This is a way of acknowledging and apologizing for your situation and not just dismissing it,” says Houghston.
If you’re not feeling well, talk about what’s causing it, including medications, medication side effects, or a co-existing health condition.2.
What do I do if I don’t feel okay?
You can tell your boss about the problem or concerns by sharing your feelings.
Your boss or coworkers can help you identify the specific problem or concern and work with you to find a solution.3.
What if I need help?
If you feel unsafe or suicidal and need help, ask your supervisor to talk to you.
It’s normal to feel anxious and depressed.
It is also normal to be upset.
Ask your supervisor what can you do, and if you need anything else, you can call the number for your workplace or the local mental health center.4.
What should I do?
When you feel stressed, anxious, or suicidal or want to get help, you have options.
You can take care of yourself by getting help from a therapist, psychologist, or other mental health professional.
You can also call a local crisis center or go to the nearest mental health or substance abuse treatment facility.
You may also want to call your local police or fire department to make a report of a mental health crisis.
If you’re unsure of what to do next, talk to your supervisor, especially if your boss tells you to do something that can be stressful.
If your boss says you need something more immediate, like getting help, go ahead.
Ask what else can you get help for, and ask your manager what else you should do.5.
What happens if I’m not sure?
If your boss doesn’t know about the issue or worries that you’re being treated unfairly, you should talk to him or her.
They may be able to explain what they are doing to help.
Or, if you feel like your boss is treating you unfairly, talk with a colleague or supervisor about it.
If your employer is still hiring or considering hiring a male caregiver or caregiver assistant, they should do their best to ensure that their gender-specific policies are consistent with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex.
If the gender-based discrimination is not addressed, the problem may be compounded.
You could face retaliation.