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Nearly half of men deal with depression

Almost half of men have suffered from depression.

In a recent survey of 1,500 men, 42 per cent claimed they had struggled with the condition at some point. This number was higher among older men, as 46 per cent of respondents between 45 and 54 years old said they had been depressed. This was only true among 39 per cent of those in their twenties and early thirties.

Stephen Buckley, head of information at mental health support charity Mind, said that older men “may be at a point in their life when they have recently experienced divorce, bereavement or redundancy”. This could explain the higher rate of depression.

The survey was conducted by Huffington Post UK for International Men’s Day today (19 November). As many as four in five men questioned said that they would rather suffer alone than talk to people about their depression, as they would be uncomfortable discussing their feelings openly with other people.

Buckley said that men were “less likely than women to seek help with feelings of depression”. He suggested that middle-aged men in particular could be “adversely affected by the feeling they should keep a stiff upper lip at all times”.

Men can have an increased risk of mental health issues as a result of their attitudes, Buckley explained. Mind’s research has revealed that “men define themselves much more by their profession than women, so redundancy is more damaging to their mental health”. In fact, one in seven men will suffer from depression within six months if they lose their job, Buckley claimed.

Earlier this year, researchers found that stepfathers are particularly vulnerable to depression.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers based across our family law offices who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. As well as pieces from our family law solicitors, guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

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  1. Andy says:

    Firstly.No wonder men are driven in to depression.
    First off, you worked all your life your marrage has been failing for years the children, if still at home are cared for and most important.
    when you set the ball rolling you are hit with every financial drain you could imagine.
    Solicitors fees if you are lucky enough to get a cheap one.
    Your house, as the children still live there. Forget any financial settlement from that as courts will favour the mother and you must provide suitable living and standards for them.
    Spoucal maintenance will be applied for so life time payments will be added, according to the court and your living costs againsed you ex living costs…
    If your children are under 20/21 in full time education Child Maintenance Payments as set againsed your salary Gross…
    And just to kick you when you are down you move or meet a new partner.then your ex can apply to have her spoucal maintenance reviewed to gain extra gains by your co habbitation of your new partner..
    So in essence to all this you and also the courts view is the father is crushed by the very legal system that has supported your Ex.oh by the way your ex claims benefits to increase her salary and can move a new partner in without any loss of financial gains by all agencies and court.
    So in this instance you loose and she dont hope of any future as you have not got one…
    Regards all.

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