A lot of focus is often put on maternal mental health and sadly, too often, husbands and partners are overlooked when it comes to providing support and information on mental health.
Before lockdown, approximately 1 in every 10 dads experienced mental health issues in the period during pregnancy and a year after the birth of their child. Following the Coronavirus pandemic, many families have been left without their usual support networks, leaving even more fathers unable to access the support they need.
Father’s suffering with mental health issues may struggle to care for and connect with their baby. This can potentially affect a child’s overall development as well as having a lasting and devastating impact on fathers themselves.
We all need to start talking about paternal mental health more and calling for expectant fathers to be offered perinatal mental health support so that all babies and families are given a fair start in life.