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Dads can need support for their mental health too

10% of new dads experience postnatal depression and this can increase to 50% when mum is also depressed.

Unfortunately there is stigma against experiencing difficulties in early parenthood and it is even higher for men than for women. Society views men as stoic, self-sacrificing, and above all, strong. When men don’t feel these things as new fathers, they, sometimes, don’t want to admit it or seek help. Sadly, in the UK, men remain three times more likely to take their own lives than women (Samaritans 2019) Support is available to Dads. Talking about how you are feeling can help if you are feeling low in mood, anxious or suicidal.   Support and information is available from:


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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called ChatHealth. The service operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 20-10-2020

This page will be next reviewed on 20-10-2023