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Addressing postnatal depression in dads

Added on: 4th July, 2019 by Jane_12938

Addressing postnatal depression in dads

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Thu, 4 July 2019

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While postnatal depression is commonly known to affect some women, it's not widely realised that fathers can also be affected. A Bromley-based resilience and wellbeing coach, Zeenat Noorani wants to change that and is launching a workshop aimed at addressing the issues that affect fathers, and what can be done to help them.

Shockingly, as many as 1 in 10 men can experience perinatal and/or postnatal depression when their partner has a baby. And 38% of first-time fathers say they’re concerned about their mental health*.

In her new workshop, resilience wellbeing coach, NLP & kinetic shift practitioner, mindfulness practitioner and published author, Zeenat Noorani will help dads who are worried about how having a baby will change their life, whether they're a first-time father or already have children.

Participants will:
• Understand that their fears, worries and concerns are perfectly normal – and that they're not alone
• Learn how to recognise common signs and symptoms that their mental health might be affected – such as high levels of stress and anxiety
• Gain practical advice, tools and tips they can use straight away.

They will also leave with a copy of Zeenat Noorani’s eBook, ‘How to be an Awesome Dad’.

Zeenat says: “All too often, husbands and partners are completely overlooked when it comes to mental health or practical support around perinatal and postnatal pregnancy. There’s a whole host of information for mums, but not so much for dads!

“Yet research is showing that fathers can also develop mental health problems associated fatherhood. It seems that fathers don't always experience the instantaneous love for their newborn child that we are so frequently, and wrongly, told that mothers do.

“I want more people to know that this is a problem because then we can start to do something about it. I also want to show men how to take charge of their own mental fitness and wellbeing, so they can become the best version of themselves, ready to support their partner and baby – and be an awesome dad.”

Titled 'How to be an Awesome Dad', the workshop takes place on Wednesday 10 July 2019, from 7-9pm at Community House Halls, Bistro Café, South Street, Bromley BR1 1RH. Tickets cost £20.00 in advance or £25.00 drop-in on the door. A number of half-price tickets are available by quoting ZEEDISC01 when booking. Anyone wanting to book tickets should visit: https://awesomedad.eventbrite.co.uk/

*Source: Mental Health Foundation

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