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International Health Insurance News: Male mental health 'benefits from cultural activity

Male expatriates with mental health issues might want to consider taking part in more activities in their new country.

According to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, participation in receptive and creative activities was significantly associated with good health, good satisfaction with life, and low anxiety and depression scores in both genders.

However, men were found to benefit more from the activities and, as Peter Baker, chief executive of the Men's Health Forum said, taking part in more cultural and community activities offers men "better health, especially mental health".

He added: "We know from our work on men's mental health that men often bottle things up, maybe using alcohol or losing their temper when things get too much."

Men who are struggling to cope with more serious mental health issues might want discuss the problem with their doctor.

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