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Taking care of yourself

It can be overwhelming when you are trying to support your wife or partner as well as adapting to a new baby. It is not unusual for Dads to feel stressed, overwhelmed, isolated, sad, guilty, and/or frustrated during a partner’s pregnancy or after the birth of a baby.

What are the symptoms of depression in men?

Fact Sheet from PANDA: Men and Postnatal Depression

It is important that you get the help you need.

Need to talk?

Call the Peel Postpartum Family Support Line to talk about how you are feeling and find out about resources that are available in the community. Call 1-877-298-5444 (905-459-7777 from Caledon) anytime between 10 am and 10 pm.

Call a Public Health Nurse between 8:30 am and 4:30 PM Monday to Friday. They can help to direct you to resources for you and your family 905-799-7700.

Chat with an Expert: Postpartum Support International hosts ‘Chats for Men’ on the first Monday of every month.

Check to see if your workplace has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Many EAP programs offer support and counselling (often on-line or in-person). Any contact you make through your EAP is confidential.

Websites

Postpartummen.com has information for dads who may be feeling blue or may be experiencing Postpartum Depression.

Postpartumdads.org provides information to help dads and families through PPD.

See our Community Resources Page for more information about services.