Too Many Scottish Men ‘Struggling Alone Rather Than Asking for Help’

March 19, 2019

Too many men living in all parts of Scotland are struggling with issues alone rather than reaching out for help and support from people who might be well placed to provide it.

That’s according to research carried out recently by the Samaritans, which has found that 36 per cent of Scottish men aged between 20 and 59 do not seek help when they need it because they’d rather try to solve their problems themselves.

The charity has said that a lot of Scottish men feel that they don’t want to reach out for help in part because they’d hate to be seen as a burden or because they feel as if their problems won’t really be understood by anyone else.

According to the Samaritans’ surveys, 80 per cent of men in Scotland agree that it’s okay to admit to being in need of help but a significant proportion still would not reach out for support themselves even if they needed it.

A quarter of the men polled by the charity said that their problems weren’t worth calling a helpline about but the Samaritans is urging men across the country to realise that, whatever their situation might be, they don’t need to tackle it alone.

Issues with debt and financial management more generally were among the most common causes of concern for those surveyed by Samaritans, with 28 per cent citing battles with debt as a problem they’ve struggled with in the past.

Other issues often cited as major sources of worry and difficulty for men across Scotland include relationship breakdowns or family problems, loneliness or isolation, and the loss of employment or other job-related problems.

“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,” said James Jopling, executive director of Samaritans Scotland.

“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.”

If you are struggling with debt problems and you live anywhere in Scotland then Scotland Debt Solutions can help. Call us any time to arrange a FREE and confidential consultation.

John Baird

Insolvency Adviser

Tel: 0800 063 9250

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