Men suffering from depression during downturn

The economic downturn is leading to more and more men suffering from anxiety, stress and depression.

Research by Mind found that men are particularly vulnerable to mental health problems because they are less likely to seek help than women.

Indeed, figures showed that while more than half of women would share their problems and concerns with friends, less than one in three men would do the same.

The charity has therefore called on men to overcome the view that admitting mental distress is a sign of weakness.

"This kind of self stigma can cost lives," said chief executive Paul Farmer.

He added that being a breadwinner is "something that is still crucial" to the male psyche, which means many men feel they lose a large part of their identity if they lose their job.

This comes after Age Concern and Help the Aged warned that all sections of society have been hit by the recession, as over 50s are "by no means immune" to its effects.

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