Fathers' mental health: Dads Matter
Are you expecting, or have you just had a baby? How are you feeling?... quite often these questions are directed at the mother... but this is also a time of huge time of transition and learning for you too. Not only have you just had a baby, but you may have also witnessed your wife / partner going through a difficult pregnancy and birth, or your baby may have been (or is) going through a difficult time or maybe your wife is going through her own emotional struggles - all of these factors impact you too and all too often Dads feel they can't reach out for help and have to be 'strong', all whilst experiencing their own feelings of anxiety, feeling out of control... and possibly so much more.
As a father you are fundamental to your baby's well-being and positive growth ~ Dads matter and there is support out there for you too.
DorPIP Trustee and Perinatal Mental Health expert, Dr Andy Mayers says:
"All too often, husbands and partners are overlooked when it comes to providing support and information on mental health. Evidence suggests that the risk factors, and impact, of perinatal mental health are reduced when mums have a supportive partner. Furthermore, fathers can develop 'perinatal mental health' problems (either as a result of their spouse's/partner's illness or independently). There is often little guidance available for men to understand the causes, risk factors, treatments and prognosis of perinatal mental illness, quite apart from what support they can give to their partner. Fathers also need information on how to improve their own mental health".
On this page, you will find some resources to support you as a Dad or Dad to be... and if you would like any further information around fathers' mental health and what support you can access please do contact us here. You can also take a look at Andy's website too, which has lots of information for Dads and Dads to be. http://www.andrewmayers.info/fathers-mental-health.html
Walk with me Daddy
Walk alongside me, daddy
and hold my little hand.
I have so many things to learn
that I don't yet understand.
Teach me things to keep me safe
from dangers every day.
Show me how to do my best
at home, at school, at play.
Every child needs a gentle hand
to guide them as they grow.
So walk alongside me, daddy -
We have a long way to go.
Author: Helen Bush