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International Father's Mental Health Day

Today is the 4th International Father's Mental Health Day, a day all about getting support and awareness for fathers to come forward and talk their mental health in a way they possibly haven't done so before.

Dr. Andrew Mayers, a Principal Academic at Bournemouth University and perinatal mental health campaign and educator, has been involved in the project for 4 years.

"The reason why I've done this is to help dads in three ways, get that support for their mental health, encourage them to come forward and get help. Give them the tool kit to help them, help their partners deal with their problems because they often don't know what they can do to help their partners. Thirdly, to raise awareness of those fathers in the birthing room who witness a traumatic birth"

In January 2019 NHS England announced that, for the very first time, some fathers would be screened for their mental health.

Throughout today there will be a series of blogs, stories and resources shared by charities, health professionals and support groups.

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