Almost 3 in 4 Scots ‘Struggling to Cope with Stress’

May 17, 2018

As many as almost three in four adults in Scotland became so stressed at some point during the past year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

That’s according to the Mental Health Foundation, whose latest research suggests that Scotland has become a severely stressed out nation.

Around 80 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men polled recently by the charity said that they’d felt overwhelmed or unable to cope at some point during the previous 12 months.

Issues of extreme stress were found to be disproportionately affecting young adults around the country, with 83 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old Scots saying that they’ve struggled to cope in recent months.

Young people were also found to be more likely than older generations to experience suicidal thoughts as a result of stress or other mental health problems.

A third (33 per cent) of the 18 to 24-year-old Scots surveyed said that they’d thought of committing suicide, while 26 per cent of those aged 55 or over said the same.

The Mental Health Foundation released its research to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week which runs across the UK from May 14th to May 20th.

The charity wants to see more effort made in all parts of society to provide help and support to people who struggle to cope with stress in their everyday life or who are badly affected by mental health issues.

“Very large numbers of adults in Scotland are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health,” said Lee Knifton, who leads the Mental Health Foundation’s activities in Scotland.

“Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time, but it still isn’t being taken as seriously as physical health concerns.”

Financial problems and issues relating to debt are a very common cause of stress for adults across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

If you are struggling to cope with your personal debt situation then seeking out expert help can make a huge difference for the better.

Scotland Debt Solutions offers free and confidential consultations to anyone who lives in Scotland and is need of debt advice.

John Baird

Insolvency Adviser

Tel: 0800 063 9250

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