The best books for new fathers about their mental health

The Books I Picked & Why

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Why this book?

Becoming a father is one of most common but also one of the most profoundly life-altering experiences a man can have. It is up there with puberty, falling in love and experiencing your first loss.


The Life of Dad: The Making of a Modern Father

By Dr. Anna Machin

The Life of Dad: The Making of a Modern Father

Why this book?

In The Life of Dad, Dr Machin draws on her research and the latest findings in genetics, neuroscience and psychology to tell the story of fatherhood. She will show the extraordinary physiological changes a man undergoes when he becomes a father, investigate how a man’s genes can influence what sort of father he will be, and will show how a dad makes a unique contribution to his child’s life, helping to foster independence of mind and spirit.


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Sad Dad: An Exploration of Postnatal Depression in Fathers

By Olivia Spencer

Sad Dad: An Exploration of Postnatal Depression in Fathers

Why this book?

The book includes a review of recent studies and research in this area, looking at the effects of postnatal depression on children and relationships, and an investigation into the reasons behind male postnatal depression, including the social and psychoanalytic factors which go some way to explaining why men experience this depression as well as women.


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DAD: Untold stories of Fatherhood, Love, Mental Health and Masculinity

By Elliott Rae

DAD: Untold stories of Fatherhood, Love, Mental Health and Masculinity

Why this book?

DAD is a deeply moving and inspiring collection of stories that represent the diversity of modern fatherhood and seeks to start a conversation that challenges the traditions associated with masculinity.

Including 20 powerful and defiant stories about postnatal depression, becoming a new dad during the pandemic, miscarriage, widowhood, stillbirth, co-parenting, childbirth trauma, work-life balance, new dads at work, shared parental leave, being a stay-at-home dad, gay fatherhood, and surrogacy, being a stepdad, black fatherhood, raising a child of dual heritage, being a single dad, faith, and fatherhood, raising a child with autism, gender stereotypes and more. Elliot Rae and MFF


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New Fathers, Mental Health and Digital Communication

By Paul Hodkinson, Ranjana Das

New Fathers, Mental Health and Digital Communication

Why this book?

This book explores the experiences of new fathers struggling with mental health difficulties and focuses on the role of digital media as part of their approaches to coping. Hodkinson and Das show how the ways new fathers are positioned by society can make it hard for them to recognize their struggles as legitimate, or reach out for help. The book explores a range of different uses of digital communication by struggling fathers, from selective forms of disconnection, to the seeking out of online information or support.


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