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A father whose son took his own life during lockdown after struggling with depression says the restrictions “imposed new pressures on him”. Ross McCarthy, who had a three-year-old son and a fiancée, died in late February aged 31. His father Mike, a former BBC and Sky News journalist, said Ross had suffered with mental health issues for a decade and has called for more support for men. Mr McCarthy, a former reporter and presenter from Sheffield, said: “Covid didn’t kill him, but it was another weight on the burden he felt he was already carrying.” He described Ross as a keen sportsman and a “great son who has left a massive void in our lives”. The government said it was committed to supporting UK mental health services.

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