Being a new father

Becoming a father can be a wonderful time; but it can also come with lots of changes. It’s normal to experience a range of emotions following the birth of your child.

For some people, these feelings are manageable and will pass over time, but for others, they may have a big impact on day-to-day life.

How you might be feeling

Becoming a new parent can be tough and exhausting, and it’s normal to struggle with your emotions. You might be:

  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Feeling detached
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Not feeling confident in/or enjoying your new role
  • Feeling more irritable and angry

Top tips

Family Assist has lots of information to help you learn more about your mental health as a new parent, including tips and advice to stay well.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, there’s lots of options for support – including both online and in person.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support.

PositiveMinds and Talking Therapies are good options for support, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.

If you’re not sure where to get support, call the Portsmouth Mental Health Hub on 0300 123 6621 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) to talk to the team.