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School of Divinity: Equality and Diversity

School of Divinity: Equality and Diversity

News and events supporting and promoting equality, diversity and respect at the School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh

Dads’ Mental Health event: online Tuesday 23 June 2020, 12.30-1.30pm

To mark International Fathers’ Mental Health Day, the Roslin Career Development Committee are hosting an online seminar and Q&A on Tuesday 23 June , 12.30-1.30pm on Dads’ Mental Health.

Chris Miezetis from Fathers Network Scotland will discuss why the mental health of fathers matters to outcomes for families, how to identify signs of poor mental health and what can be done to prevent and gain support for men and their families.

What’s it all about?

Helping you make a big impact from small changes. The organisers say:

We know that some fathers may struggle with their mental health and all dads need, at the very least, someone to talk to about the changes they experience as a working dad. But while the evidence tells us just how important the role of a dad is to the life chances of any child, we now know that at least 1 in 10 new dads suffer from post-natal depression, with up to 45% of dads affected by post-natal stress and anxiety. Supporting dads at every stage is a win, win, win – it’s good for the mum, it’s good for the baby, and it’s good for the dad himself.

By creating a focus on staff members who are dads, partners and male family members helps to create a happier, healthier and more effective organisational culture.

Participants will about learn:

·         What is meant by the term ‘Paternal Mental Health’?

·         When problems can occur

·         How to identify potential mental health issues

·         The impact it can this have on: dads; mums; children; and family relationships

·         Individual and organisational roles and responsibilities in supporting the mental health of dads.

·         Sign posting to local resources.

About Chris Miezetis

Chris Miezetis is Programme Lead for Fathers Network Scotland’s Understanding Dad’s programme and “How Are You Dad? Understanding Paternal Mental Health” programme, working with perinatal services to address issues relating to paternal and maternal mental health, and family relationships.

He has spent 20 years working in a variety of public and voluntary sector roles, leading and developing initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cross-sector delivery within children and family services within the NHS, Local Authority and Third Sector.


The seminar will be delivered on zoom and joining instructions will be sent in advance of the session.

If you are interested, please sign up at the following link: –


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