Although most of us—men and women alike—are socialised to think of men as providers of support during the perinatal period and early parenthood, a wealth of research shows that 10% of new dads experience paternal postpartum depression (50% when mum is depressed!) and tend to need support of their own. However, the stigma against experiencing difficulties in early parenthood is even higher for men than for women. Society views men as stoic, self-sacrificing, and above all, strong. When men feel none of those things as new fathers, they don’t want to admit it or seek help.
For this reason, PMH Training is an enthusiastic supporter of IFMHD as a means to take a whole-family, father-inclusive approach by shedding light on the best practices and related resources for dads, their partners, and those who support them.
Founded by paternal postpartum depression survivor Mark Williams and fatherhood mental health expert and PSI board member Dr. Daniel Singley, IFMHD involves taking the day after Father’s Day to launch a focused social media campaign which highlights key aspects of fathers’ mental health.
Other dates for your diary...
Mental Health Awareness Week - 18th - 24th May
Mental Health Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness each year about specific areas of mental health and how these problems affect people across the UK and beyond. The focus for their 2020 event has not yet been announced, but we will update this space as soon as it is.
June in Mental Health
National Growing for Wellbeing Week - 3rd - 9th June
Bringing nature into your everyday life can be an effective way to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, pick up a fun new skill and get you more active overall. Plus, much research confirms that people connected with nature experience less feelings of depression.
Gardening is a great way to embrace the outdoors more regularly, which is what National Growing for Wellbeing Week seeks to promote.
Men’s Health Week - 15th - 21st June
Men’s Health Week heightens awareness of preventable health problems for men and boys of all ages, covering both physical and mental wellbeing.
International Fathers' Mental Health Day - 21st June
Life as a new father comes with many changes and stresses that can have a detrimental effect on mental health. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the struggles some fathers go through adapting to this monumental shift in responsibilities.
July in Mental Health
Talk To Us (Samaritans) - All month
Every July, Samaritans branches across the UK and Ireland host fantastic events to let people know they’re here to listen 24 hours a day, including their Big Listen event.
September in Mental Health
World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September
Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation, this day is designed to encourage worldwide action to help prevent suicide.
If you are struggling with severe depression or another mental health crisis, seek assistance by calling the numbers here.
October in Mental Health
International Day of Older Persons - 1st October
We have always been taught to respect our elders, and this awareness day is geared to highlight and celebrate the important contributions our oldest members of society have made on the world.
National Work Life Week - 7th - 11th October
This week is an opportunity for employers to promote how they provide a positive work-life balance to their staff, and generally raise awareness for this important aspect of life.
World Mental Health Day - 10th October
An initiative created to get people talking about the most prevalent mental health issues across the globe, World Mental Health Day 2020 is themed around providing good support to people in the workplace.
November in Mental Health
National Stress Awareness Day - 4th November
Held on the first Wednesday of November each year, the purpose of this day is to raise awareness of psychological distress caused in the workplace and other areas of life.
Anti-Bullying Week - Date TBC
Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, this week is designed to raise awareness of bullying in all areas of life, from school and the workplace to our home lives, and discuss how to prevent this going forward.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - 21st November
Established since 1999, the purpose of this day is to raise awareness of those affected by suicide and loss and bring them together among feelings of support, unity and togetherness.
December in Mental Health
Anger Awareness Week - Date TBC
The aim of Anger Awareness Week is to raise awareness of strategies and techniques that help people stay calm and approach their anger in a healthy, manageable way.