Irish men 'still finding it difficult to discuss anxiety'

A leading mental health support group says Irish men are still struggling to open up about mental health issues.

Calls to St Patrick's Mental Health Support were up by almost 30% in the past year, but men accounted for only a quarter of all calls.

Director of Clinical Services at St Patrick's Tom Maher says Irish men are still finding it difficult to discuss anxiety or distress.

Mr Maher said: "That’s a common phenomenon, both nationally and internationally, females have much better social supports and they are much more willing to talk about mental health and difficulties that they have.

"Irish men in particular are not as forthcoming when it comes to talking about what can be very intimate details about their psychological well-being."

KEYWORDS: Mental health
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