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MORE than one-third of stressed-out Scottish men have had suicidal thoughts, according to a new study.

Research by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) Scotland found 37% of men had experienced the thoughts as a result of stress. And 31% said they had started drinking more – some every day – to cope.

The results were released on Weednesay to mark National Stress Awareness Day, which also coincides with Men’s Health Awareness Month.

Lee Knifton, pictured above, is head of MHF Scotland. He said: “Men are still less likely to open up to a family member or a friend when feeling stressed.

“While stress isn’t a mental health problem, it can lead to depression, anxiety, self-harm and tragically, suicide.

“We know that some of the ways that men are dealing with stress – such as alcohol and drugs – can often intensify underlying feelings.”

Two people in Scotland die by suicide every day, giving the country the second-highest rate in the UK.

Only Northern Ireland has a more acute problem.

Around 500 men were questioned by pollsters YouGov for the new research.

Respondents said work and money were major causes of concern.

More than one-quarter of respondents said not having enough money to meet basic needs was a key contributor to their stresses.




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