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Understanding and Addressing Fathers’ Mental Health

  • Tova Walsh, Darryl Davidson, Sheehan Fisher, and Daniel Singley
  • April 27 2022
  • W89-2022

Tova WalshDarryl DavidsonSheehan FisherDaniel Singley

Tova Walsh, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Darryl Davidson, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative
Sheehan Fisher, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Daniel Singley, The Center for Men’s Excellence

Fathers, like mothers, are vulnerable to depression in the period surrounding the birth of a new baby, and this depression can have serious consequences for children and families.

In this webinar, presenters drew on their research and practice experience to discuss the prevalence and presentation of depression and other mental health challenges among new fathers, and the impacts of fathers’ mental health on parenting, family relationships, and child development. Lack of awareness surrounding fathers’ mental health presents a barrier to fathers seeking treatment. The presenters also discussed the role of child and family services providers in helping fathers to recognize the symptoms of paternal depression and the need for support.

This webinar was co-produced with the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.

Recording of the Webinar


Children, Children General, Family & Partnering, Family Structure, Health, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Parenting


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