Tips to help dads deal with PPD/A
“I’m supposed to be the strong one and the one who has no emotional concerns, but it’s difficult.”
- Talk to friends or co-workers who are also new parents. They are likely facing some of the same challenges as you.
- Take care of yourself; make time to relax and do things that you enjoy
- Make an effort to talk with your partner, even if its just a few minutes each day, to connect and work on your relationship
- Don’t expect to fix everything. Things will go wrong, and you won’t be able to fix them. Accept this.
- If possible, try to take some time off work.
- Find someone you trust with whom you can talk honestly about your experiences. This can be your partner, a family member, friend or councellor.
- Keep yourself healthy. Eat well, exercise and see your family doctor if you have any health concerns.
- Call the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.
Allen: Allow him to help
New mothers, especially those experiencing PPD/A, can be reluctant to let anyone else, including their partner, take care of their baby. Allen shares how allowing dad some time to care for the baby on his own can not only can provide a break for mom, but can be an important support for new fathers by allowing him the time and space to find his own strengths and make his own mistakes as a parent. To view video with written transcript, click here.
Pablo discusses why it is essential to take care of yourself. To view video with written transcript, click here.