Postnatal depression among mums is still a challenging topic, but the impact of parenting on dads is a subject that is rarely discussed.
First launched in 2016, IFMHD aims to give voice to issues men face as they become fathers.
Reports state that up to 10% of new dads experience paternal postpartum depression and this increases to 50% if the mum is depressed. Where the birth is traumatic it can have a particularly devastating effect on dads and is even believed to lead to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some.
As dads are expected to support mums in this period, it can be doubly difficult for them, trying to be strong for everybody and faced with the stigma of admitting that they are struggling.
Engaging fathers on this issue can be tough as a result of this stigma, and there are currently no services available to specifically support dads dealing with postnatal depression.