Being Me, Being A Dad

 

Our Covid-19 Response

     

Over 60% of the dads we asked said their mental health gets in the way of good connections with their children. Of the dads who looked for professional support, 83% said they were unable to find the help they needed. 

We're working with the Scottish Government, NHS, schools, employers and services to ensure that dads are able to be a part of their children's lives, their voices are heard and their health and wellbeing is supported.

 

Fathers Network Scotland's work is continuing across Scotland as we respond to increased demand for our support. In response, our projects and team continue to use a variety of innovative methods to maintain contact with our network offering support and resources.

We are offering online training, a dads' WhatsApp group, a free SMS support service for new parents, a Facebook group and DADx series of talks for dads' and families' workers, along with our directory and sign posting services. We have also developed a new resource for perinatal health professionals to support new dads through lockdown.

Find our more here.

 

  • Dr Roch Cantwell: How Are You Dad

    While being a new parent (or getting ready for your second, third or fourth child) can be one of the greatest things, it’s also tough at times - for every mother and father. No-one escapes the exhaustion, sleep deprivation and change in family relationships and routine. Everyone struggles at times. Over the past 10 years in Scotland we’ve seen a growing interest in supporting new mothers and their infants, matched by a real commitment from government, the NHS and voluntary agencies to improve the services we offer. But where is dad in all of this?

    We know that some fathers may struggle with their mental health and all fathers need, at the very least, someone to talk to about the changes they’re going through. Supporting fathers is a win, win, win – it’s good for the mother, it’s good for the infant, and it’s good for the dad himself.

    This new resource is a huge step on the way to giving fathers the attention and help they need to fulfil their role as new parents. It contains a wealth of practical information to help dads understand what changes they’re going through and what help they can get. But it also has important messages for health professionals. New parents are on a life-changing journey, but services need to be on that journey too, developing their approach to ensure that fathers feel listened to, included and respected.

    There is an old cliché that says men would rather starve in the desert than stop and ask for directions. If there is one message that this workbook can get across, then it should be that it’s ok to say things are a struggle, it’s ok to ask for help and it’s ok to expect that help to be there.

  • Latest blog posts

    Thinking about Mum during Mental Health Awareness Week

    During this Mental Health Awareness Week, Fathers Network Scotland's Director, Dave Devenney, writes about his experience of losing his mum to suicide.

    Time to Think: Parent Network Scotland
    Parent Network Scotland is one of the recipients of the Cattanach Trust's Dads' Fund, which was developed in recognition of our 2016 Year of the...
    How Ninewells Hospital went Dad-Friendly Overnight
    Many maternity wards still don’t allow fathers to stay overnight, despite obvious support benefits for their partners and newborn babies. DONNA BROUGH of Ninewells Dundee...

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