PANDA urges ‘dad-watch’ to help those struggling this Father’s Day
While many new dads are celebrating this Father’s Day, more than one in 20 will be struggling with diagnosed postnatal depression or anxiety.
And around one in seven will be enduring the family strain of supporting a partner with the illness, as nearly 15 percent of new mothers are diagnosed with postnatal depression each year in Australia. The extra pressures of managing an unwell partner, a new baby, additional household duties and work demands also put dads at risk, with men more likely to develop the illness if their partner has had it.
Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) Acting CEO Jenni Richardson urged all Australians to be on ‘dad-watch’ this Father’s Day and ask ‘how is dad going?’ to identify new fathers who may be at risk and help them get the support they need
“The personal, social and economic costs of paternal depression are far-reaching. Postnatal depression can have a detrimental effect on nearly every area of a new dad’s life including his physical health, his relationships and his capacity to work. And we know that the real numbers of fathers experiencing depression and anxiety are likely to be much higher as many new parents struggle on without seeking help,” Jenni said.
However, help is readily available. Dads’ can phone PANDA’s national Helpline to seek support for themselves or their partner; or go to PANDA’s dedicated website for dads www.howisdadgoing.org.au