Men with mental health problems 'avoid treatment'

Men who are suffering from mental health problems are consciously avoiding getting treatment, experts have warned.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) stated there is a stigma attached to conditions such as depression and schizophrenia among many males, including those aged over 50.

As a result, many sufferers are in denial and refuse to share their feelings with trained professionals.

Dr Trevor Turner, consultant psychiatrist at the RCP, commented: "Men don't indulge into conversation about emotions.

"It's all about cars and football."

Dr Turner warned that if men avoid treatment, they will go on being depressed and possibly end up resorting to alcohol or violence.

He added that campaigns to overcome the stigma could be a positive step forward, as target initiatives to promote issues such as obesity and smoking have met with some success.

This comes after research by Mind found 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.

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