‘Recession blues’ hits 40% of men

Guys are struggling to cope with money worries

Men are struggling to cope with the emotional impact of the recession, a mental health charity has warned.

Almost 40% of men admit to feeling low at the moment with job security, work and money playing on their minds, a Mind survey of 2,000 adults found.

The charity said 2.7m men in England currently have a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or stress. And 5% of men said they had experienced suicidal thoughts compared with 2% of women.

Yet men are less likely than women to seek help from their GP or a counsellor, the results suggested. Only 29% of men would talk to friends about their problems compared with 53% of women and they were also less likely to talk to their family.

Paul Farmer, chief executive at Mind, said: ‘The recession is clearly having a detrimental impact on the nation’s mental health, but men in particular are struggling with the emotional impact.

‘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.’

In other news the recession is set to drive people to sunbed use because they cannot afford a holiday abroad, a survey suggests,

The poll for Cancer Research UK found 34% of more than 2,000 people were less likely to travel somewhere sunny and that a fifth of regular sunbed users are planning to increase their usage.

The charity warned that using a sunbed once a month or more could increase skin cancer risk by more than half, and recommended applying fake tan.

Some 29% of people said they would be disappointed if they did not get a tan. Almost half – 46% – said a tan made them look healthier, while 22% said they felt it made them more attractive.

Katy Scammell, of Cancer Research, said: ‘As the recession takes its toll on people’s holiday plans, what is clear is that a tan is still something that many people value and aspire to. If you really can’t do without a tan this summer, then the best option is to fake it.’

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