The Importance of Fathers Mental Health

On Thursday 10th October, we will be hosting Talking Mental Health National Conference, at Cardiff City Stadium.

 

Mark Williams is one of our fantastic keynote speakers and his seminar is titled “The Importance of Fathers Mental Health”

Mark is a keynote speaker, author and International campaigner. Mark has had a journey that will inspire you and that when you are rock bottom there is only one way to go and that is up. While having speech therapy and scared to speak on his school stage, now have spoken around the World at many conferences.

Both Mark and his wife Michelle suffered crippling anxiety after the birth and Mark hit rock bottom when he began to experience suicidal thoughts. And yet the reason for the torrent of negative emotions and spiralling depression had less to do with their son than the mental health issues that were confronting them. In hindsight Mark recognises that he had experienced a condition long recognised in mothers, that of post-natal depression.

The problem at the time was that Mark felt he could not speak to anyone about his stressful condition and ultimately it led to a breakdown. There is still a stigma attaching to men admitting that they have post-natal depression and this makes them reluctant to seek help or even talk to their friends and loved ones about it.

Eventually Mark was put on medication and took a course of cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness which turned things around. Now Mark and Michelle are closer than ever as a couple and have a fantastic bond with their son. Mark wants to get the message out about the condition and the help available.

Perinatal mental health issues may arise in the final months of pregnancy and for up to six months after the birth. Today it is estimated that one father in three experiences post-natal depression. In Britain the estimate by the National Childbirth Trust is that 73% of new fathers worry about their partner’s mental health while 38% worry about their own mental health. Mark is committed to raising awareness of mental health issues for fathers and has already spoken at over 100 conferences and events. Mark has delivered workshops and training around the UK and has recently visited Australia before taking his message to New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

He founded International Fathers Mental Health Day and #Howareyoudad campaign to make sure all parents are having support for the whole family.

Mark has spoken on television and radio stations around the world and works with Dr Jane Hanley who have both published articles on Fathers Mental Health together. Mark was awarded Inspirational father of the year and local hero at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2012 and was invited to meet The Royal Family on World Mental Health Day in 2016.

You can find out more on his website www.reachingoutpmh.co.uk

To book tickets to Talking Mental Health National Conference please visit Eventbrite here 

 

 

National #TimeToTalk Day

On the 2nd February 2017 it is National Time to Talk Day. Time to Talk Day is a day designed to encourage the nation to break the silence around mental health problems and the stigma that is consequently attached to it.

Ajuda are avid supporters of mental health campaigns such as Time to Talk – we believe strongly that not only is it important to look after our own mental health, it is important to look out for people around us such as colleagues, family, friends and even strangers.

Why?

One in four people are affected by mental health problems. This means that right now, one of your friends, colleagues or loved ones is currently affected. Despite this, people are still afraid to talk about mental health which unfortunately leads to many people suffering alone. Time to Talk day aims to get people talking about mental health, even just for one day, and through this, stop the stigma, aid recovery, improve relationships and break down stereotypes regarding something that truly affects us all. By normalising the way we talk about mental illness, we can stop people from feeling isolated or judged and really make a difference to their quality of life.

How?

This year, on Time to Talk Day, we’ll be sure to have a positive conversation in the office about mental health and we urge for you to do the same. We will also be talking about mental health across all our social media platforms throughout the day and joining in the conversation online.

Training

If mental health is something that you are interested in learning more about, Ajuda offer Mental Health Awareness courses. For more information about this please call us on 029 2057 6883.

For further information about Time To Talk Day please visit www.time-to-change.org.uk

If you are concerned about your own or somebody else’s mental health please visit this page on Mind’s website for information about how to deal with this.