Care for dad’s mental health too.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people suffered from mental health, especially depression. Postnatal depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder. These mental illnesses are not often thought of in the same context as the arrival of a newborn. It’s more likely to be linked with happiness and celebration. It is undeniable that while mothers are at higher risk due to biological changes, fathers are not immune.
Nevertheless, fatherhood can be a challenging period in a man’s life. As part of national policy, the mental health of fathers is now receiving more attention. Many dads are at risk of developing postnatal depression upon the birth of their child. According to research, an average of 8% of new fathers is diagnosed with paternal postnatal depression.
“It doesn’t help when people very rarely talk about men’s mental health is becoming a parent.” – Ross Hunt
The birth of a child brings changes to both parents, whether it’s sleep deprivation or financial stability. Postnatal depression is a non-psychotic depressive disorder that can occur after the birth of a child. Father-child attachment and father-child interactions can be seriously affected by such conditions. As well as increasing behavioural problems, it may affect the child’s emotional well-being.
Fatherhood can be a milestone in a man’s life that comes with excitement and challenges. However, little is known about the needs and experiences of new fathers.
50% of new dads experience PPD if their partner is experiencing depression, too.
The shifts in contemporary fathering roles make it important to think about how healthcare providers can best promote the health of new fathers. Parents also perceived socialization and peer support as important benefits from an all-father session, which helped reduce social isolation among new fathers and allowed for open discussion among men.
In contrast, routine screening of new fathers is needed for depression and other mental health conditions, so that all new parents are treated equally. Hence, healthcare practitioners who are most likely to meet new fathers have the appropriate education, training and time to engage with fathers too.