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Supporting men whose wives or partners are suffering from post natal depression

Mark Williams Fathers Reaching Out discusses supporting men whose wives or partners are suffering from post natal depression.

In his presentation Mark stated:

'My wife had an emergency c section and this was followed by post natal depression and post traumatic stress syndrome'

'My wife was nearly sectioned and I then started to get depressed, I suffered in silence for about 5 years and then had a breakdown in 2010-2011'

'One part of my recovery was CBT therapy - which was fantastic'

'I set up a Fathers group - I realised I had post traumatic stress disorder - a traumatic birth  is a horrific experience for the father too'

'We should have mother and baby units all over the country'

'This illness kills, but is so easy to prevent - questions just need to be asked'

'as healthcare professionals our jobs are to listen'

'A little bit of extra time to explain what's happening - to stop the fathers worrying is needed'

Mark's full presentation is available to download at the end of this page

Mark's biography

Mark has been trained in Perinatal Mental Health by Dr Jane Hanley. He takes part in her professional mentoring days delivering speeches from a father’s perspective. He also has a City and Guilds qualification in Train the Trainer. As well as ‘Fathers Reaching Out’, he has founded ‘Dads Matter UK ’ Dads Mental Health Matters the new charity and have recently written in Dr jane hanley book on fathers "Listening skills in Perinatal mental health for health professionals"

Mark was involved with the report by National Childbirth Trust "Dads in Distress" that reached millions around the world. He has spoken at The houses of Parliament, The Baby Show, The Collage of Midwives, Health Visitors Conferences, Mental Health Conferences, World Prevention Suicide day, NHS Conferences, The Business Show Excel, Perinatal Mental Health Conferences, Universities, Prison and Youth services, Television programmes and National Radio.

Over the  years Mark has written two books and has become a regular online blogger for many mental health charities. He has appeared on Sky News, Good Morning Britain, ITV News, BBC Breakfast, Channel 5 "My Secret Past" and also with Jennifer Elision on ITV. He has spoken on many radio stations including Woman’s Hour, Live 5 Radio and several other local and national radio stations. He was involved in an education video about perinatal mental health with actress Denise Welch. He also writes for the Huffington post on men’s mental health and awareness of Post-traumatic stress disorder at the birth for fathers with Anna Machin, Oxford University. Mark website is

Future conferences of interest:

Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults Supporting the Transition to Adulthood
Thursday 28 January 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Psychological Therapies in the NHS
Wednesday 3 February 2016 — Thursday 4 February 
Millennium Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care: Maintaining Momentum
Wednesday 3 February 2016 
The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

Eating Disorders: Developing a Gold Standard Service
Wednesday 10 February 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Tuesday 23 February 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Implementing the NEW NICE Quality Standard for Domestic Violence & Improving the effectiveness of MARACs
Wednesday 2 March 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives
Tuesday 15 March 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Download: mark-williams_1281.pdf

1 December 2015


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