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UKCP daily news digest: Men who fall short of parents’ achievements ‘suffer mental distress’

Publication date: April 10, 2018 Author: By Gem Sofianos

Hello – it’s Gem Sofianos with today’s daily round up of mental health stories.

Top Story: Men who fall short of parents’ achievements ‘suffer mental distress’

Failing to match or exceed their parents’ educational achievements can led men to suffer levels of psychological distress similar to the impact of divorce, a new study found.

According to the Guardian researchers at the University of Oxford found that men who fail to live up to their parents achievements academically are more likely to experience ‘psychological distress’, while men exceeding their mother and fathers achievements are likely to experience reduced psychological distress.

The researchers analysed data to compare psychological states and educational achievements of more than 50,000 people across the UK and 27 European countries.

The study also found that achieving lower levels of qualifications than their parents had ‘no affect’ among women and distress was ‘observed primarily among men’, the newspaper reports.

Co-author of the report, Dr Alexi Gugushvili, said: ‘Getting a higher educational achievement than one’s parents is associated with a reduced level of psychological distress, even after the direct effect of individuals’ and their parents’ education and other conventional explanations of distress are accounted for.’

‘On the contrary, falling short of one’s parents’ education tends to raise the distress level, and a big disparity is especially harmful for men’s psychological health status.

‘For men, parents’ educational achievement and inter-generational mobility retain an important influence on their psychological health after accounting for individuals’ social class and other explanations of distress, but no effect is observed for women’s distress.

‘The reason for this could be that men are more likely than women to attribute success and failure by pointing to their own merits, abilities and effort, rather than factors they have no control over.’


Carol Vorderman opens up about her experiences with depression  

Carol Vorderman has opened up about her experiences with depression which led to suicidal thoughts.

Speaking to Event for The Mail on Sunday the former Countdown star told how the onset of menopause shortly before the loss of her mother Jean last year to cancer caused depression, which got so bad she felt suicidal.

‘I wouldn’t have done anything because I have kids and I am a single parent, but I definitely had a lot of thoughts that were in that bracket,’ she told the magazine.

‘I didn’t want to wake up. I wanted this blackness to stop and I couldn’t think of any way of making it stop other than just stopping.’

‘I was sitting pretty financially, I had great friends. If there was anything wrong, it was only five per cent of my life. But this depression was something else.’


Six people share their stories about stress related breakdowns

April marks stress awareness month and to start a conversation about how stress can affect our health six people shared their experiences of having stress related breakdowns and how they recovered with the Metro.

Ellis Johnson, a PR executive from London told the Metro how as an unpaid intern they were piled with work after a director was fired.

‘My stress levels got so high that my mental issues from university returned, this time manifesting as severe insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks’, Johnson told the newspaper.

‘It led me to cut off my social bonds, even with my parents. In the end, I made the mistake of confiding in my manager and was subsequently fired for being, what they called, a “risky employee”. It turned out to be for the best, because it forced me to take a break.’ To read more stories click here.


In case you missed it… 

Well-being in the City’ initiative to put listening at the heart of businessTeaming up the Samaritans, the Lord Mayor’s appeal is launching ‘Well-being in the City, an initiative that ‘will put listening at the heart of businesses’.

MPs call for ‘breathing space’ for people who have serious mental health problems and are in debt People who are being treated for serious mental health issues should be given a ‘reprieve from being hassled by creditors’ to avoid them spiralling further into debt.

Yoga class held on a train to tackle ‘phone zombies’ – The UK’s first ever train yoga class has been held on a train from London to Birmingham in a bid to promote mindfulness and tackle so called ‘phone zombies’.

Prince Harry to launch ‘Walk of America’ which encourages conversation around veteran’s mental health – Prince Harry is becoming the Patron of ‘Walk of America’, and will formally launch the 1,000 mile expedition this month.

North London theatre’s new interpretation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – An independent inclusive theatre in North London will bring a a ‘new and fresh perspective’ to the iconic story One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, this spring.