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Mental health and well-being: why supporting new fathers is crucial

Historically, healthcare has focused mainly on maternal health – but the emphasis on family mental well-being from birth highlights the need to ensure fathers are involved in interventions to promote their own welfare
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Historically, healthcare has focused mainly on maternal health – but the emphasis on family mental well-being from birth highlights the need to ensure fathers are involved in interventions to promote their own welfare

There has been increasing and welcomed interest in the mental health of children and young people in the last few years. To meet the ambitious targets for community provision for children and young people as outlined by the Mental Health Taskforce (2016), a systemic approach is needed.

The King’s Fund (2018) highlights the stark realities for the nation’s mental health: ‘More than half of all mental health conditions in adulthood are established before the age of 14’. While recognising the importance of school interventions, it identified the biggest gap in provision in pre-school age children.

‘As men can present with traditional and more externalising symptoms of depression, it

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