11 December 2018
Check out our recent editorial piece 'Mental health of first time fathers – it's time to put evidence into practice'
Recently, there has been an increased global policy focus on the need to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the general population. Mental health and wellbeing during the perinatal period is also attracting more attention. New parenthood can be stressful, and adjustments to lifestyles, routines and relationships can affect the mental wellbeing of both parents. Our systematic review on first time fathers’ mental health and wellbeing revealed that fathers wanted more guidance and support to prepare them for parenthood, specifically to better prepare them for subsequent relationship changes with their partner. However barriers still persist to address and recognize paternal mental health needs. Now is the time to use this evidence to change practice towards supporting both parents and provide more equitable care and use of resources.
Read the full article here: https://journals.lww.com/jbisrir/Fulltext/2018/11000/Mental_health_of_first_time_fathers___it_s_time_to.1.aspx