The 22nd of June is International Fathers’ Mental Health Day. It may surprise you that men may also experience symptoms of depression when expecting a new baby or becoming a new parent. 1 in 10 new or expectant dads experience perinatal anxiety or depression in Australia. Over 40% of first-time dads believe postnatal depression and anxiety is a sign of weakness. To add to our existing range of evidence-based mental health support programs for new and expectant parents, the team at PIRI are currently working on a world-first specialised Web-based treatment for depressed or anxious new fathers, Man vs. Mood. Depressed new fathers rarely access traditional support services and their symptoms go largely unacknowledged and untreated. This new program will be based upon the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach of our successful MumMoodBooster treatment program for new mums.
Men can experience PND too. Click here to find out more.