Why Entrepreneur Dads Need Mental Health Support

Becoming a father can be an overwhelming experience. Being an entrepreneur AND father can feel unmanageable.

In a world where we are improving to take note of women’s metal health, dads are getting left behind. For many men new parenthood can be an overwhelming trigger leading to depression. There is a gap in mental healthcare for dads for a number of reasons. Did you know that dads go through a tremendous amount of biological changes to prepare for fatherhood?

According to Mentalhealth.org:

  • Approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents.

  • The most common mental health problems experienced during pregnancy and after birth are anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • A 2013-2014 study found that 38% of first-time fathers are concerned about their mental health.

  • Around 10% of all new fathers worldwide experience postnatal depression.

According to an article in Scientific American, …”A 2014 behavioral study of expectant fathers showed that midpregnancy ultrasound imaging was a “magic moment” in the dads' emerging connection with their baby. Yet the emotional bond was different than it is in expectant moms. Instead of thinking about cuddling or feeding the baby, dads-to-be focused on the future: they imagined saving money for a college fund or walking down the aisle at their daughter's wedding. “

Now imagine the toll this takes on fathers in the midst of a start-up. Building a business is like birthing a baby on it’s own. Because of the pressure and isolation that comes with being your own boss, entrepreneurs have higher rates of depression than the general population. Add becoming a dad to that and the need for support increases dramatically.

What’s At Stake For Entrepreneur Dads?

1. Bonding Matters for Dads Too

Entrepreneur dads need to set aside time in their schedule to devote to parenting. This means time with out electronics. Even if it’s 30 minutes a day, being unplugged matters.

2. Self Care Is Not Just For Moms

Dads need self care too. This means help scheduling in time for things like the gym, socialization, medical and mental health appointments.

3. Emotions Aren’t Just For Moms Either

Dads experience the same emotions of fear, overwhelm and isolation as new moms. It is important to remember to validate dads and give them time to process how they are feeling about this incredible life change.

It can be helpful to utilize things like in-person or online therapy with someone who understands the challenges of starting a business and being a parent. Sites MyWellbeing.com can match you with the perfect mental health professional in your price range.

Additionally, daily inspirational support resources like Headspace can help keep dads grounded and relieve stress.

4. Parents Need Support Systems

Mommy groups abound, but it might be a bit more challenging finding a group of supportive fathers to spend time with. As a father it may take some searching to feel supported. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. One place to start is on the web. Sites like Wilderdad.com has a list of places to find support.

If you or someone you know is struggling with the stress of new parenthood, connect with us today.


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