What is there to know about Fathers’ mental health?

In a society where we’re (rightfully so) encouraging men to be expressive, not hide their feelings or reinforce this “macho” image, what is there to know about fathers’ mental health? Or perhaps more appropriate to ask, what do we know about their mental health? In this post, I shall be exploring exactly that. If you have any thoughts, just leave them in the comments below!

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What to know about Fathers' mental health?

Father’s supportive role

When having a baby, we often hear about maternal mental health, over paternal mental health. Of course, having a baby is a massive deal, and some women do develop perinatal mental health issues, but this isn’t to say that the Father can be mentally affected too.

In a study by Hanzak (2016), they asked Mother’s who had experienced maternal mental illnesses, how much their partner was able to help. The answers were mixed. Some said their partners were unhelpful, accounting their symptoms for just regular “postnatal” feelings or just saying “I’m tired too.” Others were unsure of how to help but they tried the best they could. They often didn’t have the resources and struggled to cope. Other Mothers were more positive and said that they stopped working and helped with the baby, managed to bond and was extremely patient.
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