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Landmark move will save lives: Perinatal mental health & support for Dads

Mark Williams discusses Perinatal Mental Health and support for Dads

Author and campaigner Mark Williams discusses the milestone commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan that if a new mum is suffering from mental ill health, support will also be offered to her partner if they are also struggling with their mental health.

"Since the news of the landmark move by NHS England to provide support for dads and partners, the whole perinatal mental health world has been considering the importance of paternal mental health.

With suicide being the biggest killer in men under 45 in the United Kingdom and over half a million male suicides globally each year, it’s news I have been welcoming after years of calling for such recognition alongside other campaigners.

The reason I started my journey and wanted all new parents to be supported for their mental health came from lived experience, as well as from speaking to hundreds of fathers and learning from health professionals. I know only too well how new fathers’ depression looks different than mums – with behaviour more prone to anger, substance abuse, avoiding situations and being involved in parenting – but like mums, they might also have a history of anxiety, depression and traumas before being a parent.‚Äč"

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Mark Williams is a keynote speaker, author (Daddy Blues) and international campaigner. He founded International Fathers Mental Health Day and the #Howareyoudad campaign. He will be presenting on 29th March 2019 at the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Crisis Services: Reducing Maternal Suicide conference in London.


17 January 2019


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