Did you know that 1 in 14 men will experience depression during the ante and post natal period, with other evidence placing that figure even higher at 1 in 3. This is alarming and as a community we can care about that!
Work with my clients has shown me that men often don't have enough:
- access to support emotionally to process their thoughts and feelings
- regular contact with health carers who may pick up a change in mood and function
- social situations where they can talk about it, problem solve, normalise
- time off to recharge
- ways to gain the necessary tools to manage
- support at work to help balance the extra demands on them at home
With depression often increasing between 6weeks and 6 months after birth, and lasting longer than a year, it's very important to seek help if you notice that you are not feeling ok. Start now by taking good care of yourself and communicating with loved ones (or a professional) about what's going on for you. There are other factors that influence having depression and overcoming it. When we shed light on it and demystify it, there is a positive way through to better health.
PANDA (Post and Ante Natal Depression Association) is a not for profit organisation which offer informative fact sheets that are a good starting place to help you identify the signs, understand what you might be experiencing and give guidance on how to get help.
Also join sms4dads - a phone based support system that sends information to fathers during their transition to parenthood.
Dads Group Inc - Helping dads helping families. Dads Group connects dads with communities so they can share their experiences, make new friends and enjoy healthier, happier family lives.
Beer + Bubs - A one–night session at the pub where expectant dads learn how to support their partner through the birth of their baby. Childbirth is daunting for men too and this session prepares fathers for an active, caring role.
Alongside other health care professionals, Birth Works offers coaching, support and guidance to support partners, and helping you make positive change in your life.
To find further information, education and support please contact us