Jane Hanley has had an interest in perinatal mental health for almost forty years. She has written, trained and lectured extensively on maternal and paternal mental health, both nationally and internationally. Jane has had two other books published on perinatal mental health. Mark Williams is an author, speaker and international campaigner. In 2004 he himself experienced depression and anxiety after his son was born and has enhanced his knowledge after speaking to hundreds of parents since 2011. He has spoken on television and radio stations around the world and co-founded 'International Father's Mental Health Day'.
The book is a great resource, providing information on how a father can be affected by mental health issues during the perinatal stages and the impact it can have on all of those involved during this important stage of life. It covers all types of ways that it can manifest, and offers some great advice too. Thanks to Jane and Mark for getting this book together, it will be so beneficial to many - Ashley Curry, volunteer for OCD Action and Maternal OCD, keynote speaker for the NHS and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Lay Member and researcher for Tourette's Action and teacher of IAPT therapists for OCD This timely book arrives when the place of men in Western Society is poorly defined and less secure. Driven by post-industrial economics, the role of the woman, Dr Hanley and Mr Williams suggest, has been recast as both breadwinner and mother, leaving the male partner excluded and vulnerable. These changes, they claim, lead to mental health problems for the entire family but most perniciously for fathers. Controversially, they propose a surprising champion for the status quo, which mitigates against scientific investigation. - Stephen Paul Jones, RMN, BA, MBA, Retired Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing This exceptional book by Mark Williams and Dr Jane Hanley is likely to quickly become the go-to resource for fathers' mental health. Written expertly and sensitively, it covers everything we need to know about diagnoses and conditions, the impact on the whole family, infant bonding and interaction, and crucial information on treatment and management. This book will shatter the stigma that fathers face and help make it more likely that they will come forward to get the support they need. - Dr Andrew Mayers, perinatal mental health expert, Bournemouth University