DorPIP's 1st Birthday
We just wanted to say a big DorPIP thank you for joining us at Chineside Cafe to celebrate our 1st birthday. We were overwhelmed by your support and can't wait to make our second year even more successful than the first!
Thank you also to those of you who have offered to run your own fundraising event for DorPIP in 2019. We are on hand to help out every step of the way including creating your own fundraising page, so please get in touch for more information.
Thank you also if you have already donated, our target is £3600 by 31 January 2019.
#Keepintouch Christmas Gathering
We had five lovely families come along to our Christmas #Keepintouch gathering. During the morning families had the opportunity to help shape the design of future #keepintouch groups, as well as enjoy a chat with each other over a mince pie before making some beautiful Christmas decorations together with their baby. Great fun was had by all!
To find out more about our #Keepintouch groups take a look here
DorPIP Trustee, Dr Andrew Mayers launches day to help dads' mental health
Together with collaborators in the USA and Australia, Dr Andrew Mayers is promoting Monday June 18 as International Fathers’ Mental Health Day.
“Around 10 per cent of fathers can experience mental health problems in the first year following the birth of their child,” he said. “My research and professional work shows that fathers are not getting the support they need.”
He said the causes of mental health problems, such as postnatal depression, are ‘every bit as relevant for dads as they are for mums.’
“Often, the perception is that postnatal depression is hormonal, so could not possibly affect fathers,” he said. “But hormones only play a small part. Environmental and social factors, such as social support, poverty, relationships changes, education, and stigma, are a much better predictor. These equally apply to dads.”
He believes men find it much harder to seek support for emotional problems, often because of stigma and societal perceptions. “But the impact of mental illness for men can be catastrophic. The biggest killer of men under 45 is suicide and the main factor in suicide is poor mental health.”
He co-founded International Fathers’ Mental Health Day two years ago with Dr Daniel Singley, a psychologist based in San Diego. Since then, the event has grown each year.
“We need to think family when it comes to perinatal mental care and remember that if dad is the only one struggling that will impact on the whole family if unsupported,” he said.
Throughout the day, there will be a series of blogs, stories, press releases and resources shared by charities, support groups, health professionals, and families who have experienced the impact of poor mental health in fathers. Key events will include a Facebook Live session at 3pm, hosted by Dr Mayers from Bournemouth University via the International Fathers’ Mental Health Day Facebook page.
“At the very least, we hope to raise awareness about fathers’ mental health and I really hope that we can encourage more men to come forward to seek help," said Dr Mayers. "The next challenge will be to ensure that we have the services and support networks to meet that demand.”