NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 28 Apr, 2021 19:45 am

Why new Dads should be talking about their postnatal mental health

Why new Dads should be talking about their postnatal mental health
Postnatal despression is a very real risk for new dads and no one is talking about it.

Research shows that around 10 per cent of dads experience some form of postnatal depression.Kiwi men are not talking about postnatal depression and their own mental health needs when they become a father for the first time, and it is a big worry.Research shows that around 10 per cent of dads experience some form of postnatal depression.Before having a kid myself, this would have been a major newsflash to me, I had really only ever heard of women experiencing postnatal depression.

Photo / Getty Images I didn't actually experience clinical postnatal depression, but after going through what I can only assume was a fairly typical first-time parent experience, I completely understand why one in 10 men struggle with anxiety or depression after their child's birth.You don't have to ask your mates how many times they discussed male postnatal depression while they were hunting.

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