When was the last time you asked, "How are you dad?".
Our "How Are You Dad?" Scottish Government-funded pilot project allows us to train perinatal health professionals to ask new dads as well as new mums how they're feeling. Did you know that about 1 in 10 dads suffer from postnatal depression? Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. So what else can we all do to help?
We're working with schools to encourage more father-inclusive practices, so that fathers are able to get as involved as possible in their children's school lives. We're encouraging employers to offer equal parental leave opportunities to both new mums and dads. We're promoting flexible working to allow fathers to take time to immerse themselves in family life without experiencing negativity in the workplace.
Having an engaged, interested, involved dad is hugely beneficial to a child.
Gender stereotypes are not useful or practical in Scotland today. Mums and dads share childcare and work responsibilities. By removing assumptions about parental roles and responsibilities, we hope to create a more level playing field for men and women at home, within services and in the workplace.
So let's all remember to ask, #HowAreYouDad.