#99 REACH – MARK WILLIAMS
Soapbox Alert: global awareness of paternal mental health needs WAY more attention to encourage assessment, and when needed, treatment. Of course, policies and the health care system need to provide an environment that encourages father involvement and acknowledges the independent importance of fathers in the home. And in today’s episode I connect with Mark Williams, Keynote Speaker, Author and International campaigner.
In 2004 he himself experienced depression and suffered in silence for years until he entered community mental health services. He founded International Fathers Mental Health Day and #Howareyoudad campaign to make sure all parents are having support for the whole family. Mark has spoken on television and radio stations around the world while working with Dr Jane Hanley also jointly publishing articles on Fathers Mental Health.
Mark was awarded Inspirational Father of the year and local hero at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2012 and was invited to meet The Royal Family on World Mental Health Day. He was also awarded the Point Of light Award by the Prime Minister in 2019 .In 2020 Mark published the report called “Fathers Reaching Out – Why Dads Matter” to explain the importance of paternal mental health which has far better outcomes for the whole family and the development of the child when we include fathers. In 2021 the film Daddy Blues based on Mark’s journey became available on Amazon Prime. You’re going to love this episode for so many reasons. Mark’s the real deal.
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