We’re beginning to find out more and more about the effects of adjusting to parenthood upon the mental wellbeing of New Dads. Interrupted sleep, trying to provide practical and emotional support to our partners, learning how to care for a baby, all the while trying to maintain our careers and keep the roof over their heads – this can take its toll.
The problem is that many of us try to “soldier on.” Too many new dads will keep pushing forward, neglecting their feelings and wellbeing until they reach a crisis point. Low mood, anger, insomnia, guilt, anxiety and self-doubt all gather pace. Eventually this leads to negative effects upon our relationship, our careers, our friendships and most significantly, our parenting.
As a culture, we’ve traditionally pushed the needs of Male parents to the back of the agenda. We’re encouraged to not talk about our difficulties and to keep going, no matter how we are feeling. Unfortunately, this means that many struggling Dads don’t get the help that they need until it’s too late.