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Fathers' Mental Health and Wellbeing - Why is it significant to Health Visiting?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-82
JournalJournal of Health Visiting
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 18 Feb 2015

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Abstract

Mental health and wellbeing is a public health priority in the UK. The transition to parenthood can be a stressful time bringing new challenges, which can significantly affect the mental wellbeing of both mothers and fathers. While the importance of maternal mental health is widely recognised, fathers’ mental health needs are less well understood. Poor mental health in fathers can have an adverse effect on the
child’s health and development. Health visitors can play a key role in improving fathers’ mental health during this crucial time. This paper is the second of a two-part series on fatherhood, which explores the importance of improving mental health and wellbeing in fathers in the postnatal period.

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