As society acknowledges the significant and diverse roles fathers play within their families, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that family services and support systems are inclusive and responsive to their unique needs and contributions.
Engaging dads is important because it contributes to improved child and family health.
When dads are actively involved, it can lead to better health outcomes for children, increased satisfaction and well-being within the family. Helping to create an environment where every family member feels heard, valued, and actively participates in decision-making processes.
It also helps challenge traditional gender norms and encourages a more equitable division of caregiving responsibilities, which is beneficial for both dads and mothers. Dads often experience isolation due to traditional gender roles, which have historically relegated them to the role of breadwinners. Many men only hear about how to parent from the women in their lives so having spaces where they can share and learn from other men is important. Four in every five suicides are men, dads in the perinatal period are 47 times more likely to be deemed a suicide risk, 20% of new dads say they felt completely isolated in the first year of fatherhood and 76% reported feeling depressed at some point in the first 5 years.
Involving dads can lead to healthier, happier families and more resilient, better-supported children. Dads engage with the word dad better than family or parent and can benefit more from dad spaces as their peers are important particularly if they are trying to have a different relationship with their child than the one, they had with their own dad. Health professionals require support to effectively involve and support new dads and dads-to-be.
Fatherhood Solutions, led by Scott Mair, have had the privilege of spearheading dad’s parent/infant mental health projects in collaboration with several local authorities(LAs) and maternity services. The key focus has been on promoting meaningful bonding between fathers and their infants, our initiatives have been meticulously crafted to address the unique challenges and opportunities within local communities.
Our collaborative approach with local authorities, maternity services and partner organisations:
- Recognises the diversity of challenges faced by fathers and families.
- Aligns with local priorities and is tailored to the specific needs of each community.
- Ensures initiatives remain responsive to the evolving needs of fathers and families, allowing for a community where every father is empowered to play a meaningful role in the well-being of their child.
- Facilitates a systemwide, inclusive and effective approach to mental health, bonding, and attachment.
- Utilises the latest published evidence, guidance and best practice and creates evidence within our practice.
This evidence-based approach along with our commitment to continuous improvement and alignment with public health priorities positions Fatherhood Solutions as a leader in the field of dad’s parent/infant mental health projects.
We envision communities where every father is empowered to play a meaningful role in the well-being of their child.
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Meet the Team
Scott Mair, is an expert in paternal mental health and parenting. Navigating the uncharted waters…
Mark Williams is a keynote speaker, author, and international campaigner. He founded International Fathers Mental…
Sarah is the Operational Manager supporting Fatherhood Solutions. She has extensive experience of working within…
Matt Brown is a devoted father in a joyfully blended marriage, blessed with three remarkable…
Aidan is the founder of The Modern Fatherhood Club and a father of two and…