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Lockdown restrictions have impacted men's mental health – Samaritans

Lockdown restrictions will have exacerbated difficulties for less-well-off, middle-aged men, the highest risk group for suicide, Samaritans say
Ella Pickover (PA)

SOCIAL restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have affected men's mental health, a leading charity has said.

Samaritans said that two in five men believe their mental health has been negatively affected by lockdown measures.

It conducted a poll of 2,000 men aged 18 to 59 and found that 42 per cent said their mental health had been negatively impacted.

The charity's survey – released to mark its new campaign Real People, Real Stories – also found that 40 per cent of men said that talking to others had helped with concerns or worries during lockdown.

This shows the importance of reaching out for support when it is needed, the charity said.

More than half of men (56 per cent) surveyed said hey are feeling worried or anxious as restrictions ease.

The new campaign features men sharing how they have overcome tough times by calling Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visiting samaritans.org for self-help tools and information.

The charity's Paul McDonald said: “This pandemic has brought unexpected change and uncertainty, which will have a lasting impact on everyone's mental health and wellbeing.

“At Samaritans we know that less-well-off, middle-aged men have remained the highest risk group for suicide in the UK for decades and that the restrictions put in place during lockdown such as isolation and disconnection will have exacerbated problems for these men.

“We understand the value of listening and the power of human connection, particularly at this time when so many people are dealing with overwhelming thoughts and feelings.”

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