We are marking International Men’s Day today with a discussion about the impact that fatherhood can have on men’s mental health. We will explore the pressures that men face at home and in the workplace before and after becoming fathers. The fact that men are often sidelined because there is more interest in the mother, they are suddenly expected to know exactly how to parent and be a great dad, they feel pressure to earn more to support their family financially, and traditionally they’ve been seen as weak if they say they can’t cope.
We will be joined by three dads who are advocates for men’s positive mental health and a society in which all parents are given help and support.
Mark Williams is an international campaigner, has co-written reports for government and a book Daddy Blues (the film of which is being premiered tonight) and coaches health professionals on how to provide better the ante-natal and post-natal support for men.
Jamie Cooke is a father of three who juggles fatherhood with running the Royal Society of Arts in Scotland and is a global campaigner for a fairer, more inclusive society. He did a degree in primary education and is heavily involved in supporting community projects.
Kieron Achara, a former Olympic basketball player and dad of two. He’s a busy broadcaster who has become a firm advocate for men’s mental health awareness. He is also a consultant with us at Frog Systems focusing on delivering mental health and wellbeing platforms in sport