Supporting Postpartum Fathers Through Anxiety and Depression

Now that you're in the thick of postpartum, you see that depression and anxiety are a reality for you as a father.

 The struggles came out of seemingly nowhere, leaving you feeling helpless.

 In a society that expects fathers to be "strong", it feels wrong to admit that your mental health has changed alongside your partners. 

Even though you feel alone in this, many other dads are experiencing the same burdens of postpartum depression and anxiety (also alone).

But you know deep down, if you only had the chance to grab hold of a lifebuoy to catch your breath and regain a sense of stability, you would be everything you need for your family (and, importantly, yourself).

You would do so with confidence as you regain your decision-making ability.

You would do so with pride as you learn and grow comfortable providing emotional support to your partner and baby.

You're here because you're ready to change the definition of being a strong father.

You're ready to cultivate your care.

1 in 10 fathers experience postpartum depression.

Signs of depression and anxiety in dads often go overlooked because it doesn’t look like what you would typically expect.

Depression and anxiety can show up as irritability and anger. It also shows up in increased distraction (checking out), risk-taking, and substance use.

Changes in physical and social well-being are common.

The postpartum period can take a toll on your body. Between the sleepless nights and constantly being in a state of “fight or flight”, other physical challenges include blood sugar issues, sexual dysfunction, and chronic pain.

Besides mentally feeling alone, a shift in roles and responsibilities affects your relationship with your partner. This fact doesn’t help the feeling of isolation, as partners tend to be your closest friend in this stage of life. 

These examples of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are just the tip of the iceberg of your experience.  

You're in the driver's seat (with a non-judgemental support riding shot-gun).

Therapy can look like tending to the scar tissue of the past that influences how you navigate your present, and it can also look like hitting the ground running with solutions to the current problems keeping you stuck. 

Besides gaining insight through education and resources that will help in your transition to fatherhood, the skills and accomplishments that you already possess are recognized and applied to making meaningful change. 

Here are some places to get started

Your changing identity

Your changing identity

work-life balance

work-life balance

substance use

substance use

here's your free guide on getting to know your baby with ease.

Get confident in your parenting capabilities with this short audio series that will guide you through caring for your baby (which will support you & your partner in the long run) based on practical knowledge of their behaviour and your intuition. 

are you ready to cultivate your care?