Pregnancy blog, 09/06/2017, by our midwife Jo
International Fathers’ Mental Health Day will take place on Monday 19th June to raise awareness of postnatal depression, anxiety and childbirth trauma experienced by men.
As men often do, they want to be there to protect, be strong, and keep things together for their family. But for many, this is not a reflection of what is happening inside.
You want to be there to support your partner and new family, but can be struggling to cope with what is happening.
Fathers’ mental health campaigner Mark Williams, says,
‘Fathers, as well as mothers, can experience mental illness at what should be one of life’s happiest times so it’s important to ensure that men talk about their feelings and recognise the symptoms as the quicker the help, the quicker the recovery.
‘Health professionals also need to ensure that dads are given permission to open up about their feelings so they can stay healthy and support mums.’
It is okay to feel this way, to show emotion, to talk about how you are feeling. This is what the Tommy’s midwives want to highlight, that this Fathers' Mental Health Day you, and your mental health, is important.
If any fathers need support, advice or just someone to talk to, then please contact us. We’re here to listen, help and support without you feeling judged.
It can be difficult for fathers to step forward and have the confidence to ask for help but it is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
You are not alone.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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