Can football help men let it all out?

Graham Willgoss

The Mental Health Foundation is capitalising on the mounting World Cup fever by launching an online survey to determine how football helps men to express their emotions.

The questionnaire asks participants questions such as "Do you feel down when you miss a game?" and "Do you hug your mates if your team wins, or cry when your team loses?"

It also asks fans to score the strength of their re- sponse to statements such as "I would miss the birth of my first child to watch England play in the World Cup final".

The poll can be completed on the foundation's website until 27 February.

The results will be unveiled ahead of the World Cup in June.

"We know that men suffer from mental health problems but are less likely to talk about their thoughts and feelings than women," said Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation.

"We know that playing sport is good for a person's mental health, but we want to know if watching football enables men to express their emotions without embarrassment."

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