Suffolk-wide campaign calls on men to seek help if you are feeling lonely
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Men across the county have been urged to seek help and support if they are feeling lonely.
The call has formed part of a county-wide campaign highlighting men's health in response to research showing connections between loneliness and poor mental health.
Tony Goldson, cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council, said: 'There are many competing factors that can put pressure on men, both at home and at work.
'Combine this with the general tendency for men to be less open about their emotional and mental health, and it is clear that loneliness can go undetected for a considerable time and store up real problems in the longer term.
'That's why it's important to remember that there is plenty of support available both from families and friends, and also opportunities for fathers to meet, compare experiences and make friends.
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'I would encourage Suffolk fathers to take this opportunity to think about their wellbeing, to talk about their mental health with others and to find out about the many options for taking action that are presented as part of this campaign.'
There are a number of groups available in Suffolk for men, including at the county's children's centre, where there are opportunities to meet other parents and get face-to-face support.
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There is also a Befriending Scheme running in the county, which aims to provide friendship and learning opportunities for adults.