Campaign highlights importance of psychiatric treatment during recession

Mind has launched a new campaign to help people identify symptoms of stress in men and provide more effective psychiatric care.

This week, the mental health charity launched 'Get it Off Your Chest', which is designed to highlight how many men have been left feeling worried or low as a result of the recession.

According to research carried out in conjunction with the campaign, 37 per cent of men feel anxious at present.

Despite this high number, only 23 per cent of respondents said that they would be comfortable visiting their GP if such symptoms remained for more than a fortnight.

Men were also found to be only half as likely as women to be willing to discuss their problems with friends.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: "The recession is clearly having a detrimental impact on the nation's mental health but men in particular are struggling with the emotional impact.

He explained that being a "breadwinner" is something that is still crucial to the male psyche, meaning that many men who have lost their jobs feel that they have also lost a large part of their identities.

According to Mind, three in ten people experience mental health problems in the UK every year.

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