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Recession depression

recession-depressionThe credit crunch in the UK is causing an epidemic of mental health problems among men because of fears over redundancy and lack of money, a survey has found. More than a third are feeling worried or low at the moment and middle-aged males are seven times more likely than women to have suicidal thoughts. Despite this just a quarter said they would see their GP if they felt bad for more than a fortnight. Men were also half as likely as women to talk to friends about problems. Meanwhile they are almost twice as likely to get angry when they are worried and almost twice as likely to turn to alcohol
The top three issues playing on the minds of the 37 per cent of men who are worried are job security, according to a study commissioned by mental health charity Mind. A small number were even feeling suicidal, a particular concern with middle-aged males currently the most likely members of the population in England and Wales to take their own lives. The charity said in England, 2.7 million men currently have a mental health problem like depression, anxiety or stress.
“The recession is clearly having a detrimental impact on the nation’s mental health but men in particular are struggling with the emotional impact,” said Mind’s chief executive Paul Farmer. “Being a breadwinner is something that is still crucial to the male psyche so if a man loses his job he loses a large part of his identity putting his mental wellbeing in jeopardy. The problem is that too many men wrongly believe that admitting mental distress makes them weak and this kind of self stigma can cost lives.”
With the economic downturn in full swing here, no doubt Ireland and its men are facing a similar issue.

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