The Mental Health Book Club Podcast hosts Becky and Sydney both gave this book 3*.
The book is a frank and honest account of a man’s struggle
with his mental health after the birth of his child. It discusses the traumatic birth of his son and
his wife’s struggles with her own depression.
Being women without children, we did not feel we were Mark’s
primary audience and so we felt a little detached from the topic. However, we could
see that this book has to anyone in a similar situation and will provide hope
that it can get better. Anyone who has had a child will see some experiences
they can relate to.
Being a parent is hard and it changes so much, this book
explores this with a raw honesty that is rare amongst parents. Often parents
are expected to be happy as they have a new child, but this book shows some of
the darker times that can be had.
Not only does this book address men’s mental health but also
it raises the profile of an almost unheard of mental health illness, postnatal
depression in men. The book also touches on the use of alcohol to self-medicate
We had no idea men could get postnatal depression and this
book raises awareness and shows how Mark goes on to help other men that are
suffering. His dedication is an inspiration.
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Mark Williams led a content life;
from a working-class background, he worked his way up into a promising
career and then met the love of his life. When his wife Michelle fell
pregnant, it seemed as though everything had fallen into place for them.
Michelle’s labour didn’t go well. She was forced to undergo a
C-section, an experience which deeply traumatised both of them. And when
it was time to take their child home, Michelle seemed different. Gone
was the woman that he had fallen in love with, replaced with someone who
couldn’t pull herself out of a deep, dark depression.
wasn’t just Michelle who felt the baby blues. Mark too felt as though he
had lost something, succumbing to feelings of stress, anxiety, and
depression. He had never heard of fathers going through postnatal
depression, but with a baby that wouldn’t stop crying and a wife he
could no longer connect with, he felt like he was losing himself more
and more each day. So he found solace in old habits, and found his
escape at the bottom of a bottle.
A touching story from a rarely explored perspective,Daddy Blues tells the tale of a man learning to deal with a problem he never knew he could have.
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