Working Dads and the Impact of Paternal Mental Health

Helping you make a big impact from small changes

We know that some fathers may struggle with their mental health. What many dads need, at the very least, is someone to talk to about the changes they experience as a working parent. But while the evidence tells us just how important the role of a dad is to the life chances of any child, we now know that at least 1 in 10 new dads suffer from post-natal depression, with up to 45% of dads affected by post-natal stress and anxiety. Supporting dads at every stage is a win, win, win – it’s good for the mum, it’s good for the baby, and it’s good for the dad himself.

Creating a focus on staff members who are dads, partners and male family members helps to create a happier, healthier and more effective organisational culture.

Participants will learn about:

  • What is meant by the term ‘paternal mental health’?
  • When problems can occur
  • How to identify potential mental health issues
  • The impact this can have on dads, mums, children and family relationships
  • Individual and organisational roles and responsibilities in supporting the mental health of dads
  • Sign posting to local resources.

This 30-minute seminar, followed by a 20-minute Q&A, will be given by Fathers Network Scotland’s Understanding Dad Programme Lead Chris Miezitis. Chris leads Scotland’s 'Understanding Paternal Mental Health' programme, working with perinatal services to address issues relating to paternal and maternal mental health, and family relationships. He has spent 20 years working in a variety of public and voluntary sector roles, leading and developing initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cross-sector delivery in children and family services within the NHS, Local Authority and Third Sector.

As a new dad this talk has helped me make sense of some of the things I’ve been struggling with.”

“It’s great to know how much  support is out there if I need it."

To find out more, contact Chris Miezitis at chris@fathersnetworkscotland.org.uk.

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