The role of a modern dad can be challenging, with the expectation to provide for the family, be a role model, and balance work and family responsibilities.
Dad’s mental health and the family
Fathers are an essential part of every family unit and play a vital role in their children’s emotional, psychological, and social development. However, the focus on a father’s wellbeing is often ignored, and their mental health is not given the attention it deserves, even if it directly affects the wellbeing of his family.
Fathers experiencing mental health problems may struggle with everyday responsibilities, such as providing for their families, engaging in family activities, and interacting with their children and spouses. These mental health problems can manifest in different ways, such as irritability, aggression, and withdrawal from family activities.
Their behaviours can negatively impact children’s mental health, leading to feelings of abandonment, fear, or insecurity. A father experiencing mental health issues may also be unable to provide the support and companionship his partner needs. This can lead to resentment, loneliness, and frustration, further increasing the likelihood of mental health problems.
Men don’t often seek help
To make matters worse, men may face unique stressors such as lack of paternity leave, social isolation, and pressure to conform to traditional masculinity norms. These barriers make it difficult for some men to seek mental health help. Also, read Let’s Talk About Depression in Men
Everyone can experience mental health struggles, regardless of gender, and seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness. Dads must also prioritise their mental and emotional wellbeing to care for themselves and their families. By promoting men’s mental health, we create healthy and positive parenting environments and support fathers as they navigate the challenges of fatherhood.
Life Path Health assists anyone needing mental healthcare treatment, including dads struggling with their mental wellbeing. Reach out to a mental health professional or contact 072 7900 506 if you are worried about someone’s mental health.