Movember: Fatherhood and Social Connections

Becoming a father is life changing. However, while it can be
one of life’s most rewarding experiences, until recently it
hasn’t been acknowledged how challenging that transition
can be for new fathers, especially regarding their mental
health.
It is thought that up to one in 10 new fathers experience
depression after the birth of their baby and fathers with
perinatal mental health problems are 47 times more likely
to be considered at risk of suicide than at any other point in
their lives.
The quality of an individual’s social connections has been
proven to be a strong indicator of physical and mental
wellbeing and longevity, with mutually supportive
friendships acting as a protective factor against anxiety and
depression. Therefore, Movember believes that having and
maintaining strong social connections will better serve
fathers during this critical life stage, with this benefitting
mothers, partners, children and society as a whole in
addition.

Read the whole report here:
Movember Fathers & Social Connections Report