A survey carried out by the Samaritans has revealed that despite the fact that t’is the season to be jolly, 48% of men feel depressed or sad over Christmas.
The online poll went on to divulge that 45% of respondents feel that issues such as financial and relationship problems are the most troubling during the festive period compared to any other time of the year.
Approximately 37% percent revealed that they feel lonely during the holiday period and 30% said that they feel additional pressure thanks to additional financial burdens and increased relationship expectations around this time.
A volunteer for the Samaritans, Nigel, has spoken out about how the charity has already started to take calls from people who are struggling in the run-up to Christmas:
“Christmas can be a poignant time, bringing issues people face all year round to the surface and can leave those normally strong enough to cope, struggling to do so. I listen to people telling me that they’re alone or that they’ve recently lost their partner or that they’re in huge amounts of debt. These problems are even harder to deal with because it’s Christmas and the expectation is that everyone is having a good time.”
Another reason why men may find themselves struggling to get through the holiday season is because the end of the year tends to be a time of reflection. Typically, men are much more likely to bottle up their feelings than women are however and they’re also less likely to feel positively about the potential benefits of counselling or therapy.
If you would like to learn more about depression, please check out our Depression Knowledge Centre. If you’re struggling with depression throughout Christmas or any other time of year, please don’t hesitate to call Life Works in the strictest of confidence and we will be more than happy to help.