Fathers! It’s time to talk…

Research shows over 30% of fathers want support for their mental health but struggle to find support. Now, a new virtual event brings together some of the local help available to them to mark International Father’s Mental Health Day on 21 June 2021.

The aim of this online event is to raise awareness and offer support to fathers and partners who may be struggling with their mental health.

Heather Johnstone, Senior Responsible Officer for the Together We’re Better Maternity Transformation Programme, said: “This is the first event of its kind to take place in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Research shows around 10% of all new fathers worldwide experience postnatal depression. The event will have interactive workshops with expert speakers covering a range of mental health issues. It is so important that dads and partners feel supported and know what support is available to them, so please do get involved.”

This unmissable event will include a ‘Dad’s chat’ with Mark Williams and Andy’s Man Club, along with a lunchtime education session.

There will be plenty of interactive workshops in the afternoon, along with case studies focusing on how to look after a partners’ mental health needs.

The workshops will include a midwifery led ante-natal session, a baby play session, and football for men’s mental health. You won’t want to miss it.

If you are interested or would like to get involved, register here.

For more information on and support for mental health, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/