A poll carried out by The Huffington Post UK has revealed that nearly half (42%) of men living in Britain have suffered from depression and anxiety at some point in their life.
This was found to be more common amongst those aged 40 and over but despite the alarmingly high rate of sufferers, the poll also suggests that men continue to suffer in silence. Almost a quarter (24%) said that they wouldn’t open up to anyone when experiencing the feelings of depression or anxiety.
Although it’s not always clear why someone may start experiencing depression or high levels of anxiety, significant life changes are thought to be a contributing factor in many cases. Head of Information at Mind, Stephen Buckley, commented:
“Men in their 40s may be at a point in their life when they have recently experienced divorce, bereavement or redundancy. We do know that men are less likely than women to seek help with feelings of depression and it’s possible that middle-aged men are being adversely affected by the feeling they should keep a stiff upper lip at all times.”
Other research has showed that a third of men say they would be too embarrassed about getting help for a mental health problem and less than a quarter would visit their GP if they felt down for more than two weeks. A whopping four in five said they would rather suffer in silence as they wouldn’t feel comfortable openly discussing their feelings.
More encouragingly however, almost two thirds of men aged between 45 and 54 who were polled by The Huffington Post said that they would talk about their feelings with certain people. Half cited their partner as someone they would talk to and a third said they would open up to a close friend.
If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering from depression or anxiety, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programme page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available.