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Charity wants men to open up more to counter suicides in Scotland
More than a third of men in Scotland aged 20-59 do not seek support for mental health problems.
A survey by Samaritans, released today (19 March), also showed that men often don’t want to feel like a burden and don’t feel their problems will be understood.
Samaritans is launching a campaign, supported by National Rail, called Real People, Real Stories to help men who are most at risk of suicide to seek help.
James Jopling, executive director of Samaritans Scotland, said: “It’s clear that too many men in Scotland continue to struggle alone.
“While our survey found 80% of men in Scotland say it’s ok to admit you’re not feeling okay, many still avoid speaking out when they’re finding life tough. A quarter of men in Scotland said they felt their problems weren’t important enough to warrant calling a helpline, which is one of the reasons this awareness campaign is so important.
“By sharing positive and hopeful stories, we want to send the message to men in Scotland, that whatever they’re going through, they don’t need to face it on their own. Speaking openly and honestly about what you’re experiencing – whether it’s with a loved one, a friend or through a confidential and non-judgemental service like Samaritans – can make real difference.”
In the survey, men in Scotland cited a number of reasons why they’ve struggled in the past including debt or financial worries (28%), relationship breakdown or family problems (28%), loneliness or isolation (23%) and job loss or job-related problems (22%).