More than 1 in 3 new fathers (38%) are concerned about their mental health, according to new research.
National Childbirth Trust says increased pressures of fatherhood, more financial responsibility, changes in relationships and lifestyle, combined with a lack of sleep and an increased workload at home, may all affect a new dad’s mental wellbeing.
Concern about their partner is another worry for new fathers. NCT found that almost three quarters (73%) of dads were worried about their partner’s mental health.
Mark Williams, from Ogmore Vale set up his own charity Dads Matter UK, after his mental health suffered when he became a new father.
If you think you are struggling after becoming a new parent, the NCT suggests the following:
· Share your feelings with people you trust. This could be your family or friends, a health professional or a counsellor.
· Try to take some time for yourself by maintaining involvement in hobbies, exercise, or social activities, even an hour here or there can make a difference.
· Take some exercise each day, like a walk with the buggy or swimming. Exercise can have a positive effect on mood and sense of wellbeing
· Although many new parents experience mood changes or feel down some of the time, you may find that feelings of anxiety or low mood persist. If you have concerns about your own or your partner’s mental health, it’s best to seek help from your GP who can help you to access support services.
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What are your thoughts on this? Have you experience of being a new father… What were or are your feelings?