This website is for all kinds of dads. Parenthood can be a wonderful experience but it also comes with unexpected challenges – one of which may include perinatal anxiety or depression.
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Pregnancy and the first year of parenthood (the perinatal period) is an exciting time that also brings many new challenges and responsibilities. It is now recognised that around 1 in 20 men experience depression during pregnancy (antenatal) and up to 1 in 10 new dads struggle with depression following the birth of their baby (postnatal). Anxiety is thought to be as common and many men experience anxiety and depression at the same time. It is important to know that help is available and the earlier help is sought the better the outcome for dad and baby. Perinatal anxiety and depression doesn’t discriminate – it affects new dads and mums from across the socio-economic spectrum. Like all health conditions, a time of high stress or a period of anxiety and depression, or even psychosis, will pass but the more you know and can do to help both you and your partner the better the outcome.
Fatherhood is meant to bring lots of joy, love and meaning into your life. But even in the happiest of times, most dads find the transition to fatherhood brings its fair share of challenges and stressful times. How you deal with your stress, or how you approach the issue of depression and anxiety can have a major impact on everyone in your family. We know that perinatal anxiety and depression is common and treatable. Seeking help early leads to a faster recovery and reduced impact on the family.
PANDA has the only national perinatal mental health Helpline and during 2015 we have experienced a 50% increase in the number of men calling us to take the first step to helping themselves and their partners. You are not alone and help is available.
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Perinatal anxiety and depression do not only affect the person experiencing it, but also the person's partner, baby and older children. There are many new mums and dads living with perinatal depression.
Up to 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men struggle with antenatal depression and 1 in 7 new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads experience postnatal depression each year in Australia.
Perinatal anxiety and depression does not only affect the person experiencing it, but also affects the person’s partner, baby and older children.
The challenge of balancing work and family life is stressful enough without the added demands of perinatal anxiety and depression.For working dads, whose partner is at home with postnatal depression, family-friendly conditions are crucial. Without flexible conditions, a father might have to take a whole day off, rather than take an extended lunch break so that he can attend an appointment, resulting in greater disruption in the workplace than necessary.