I didn’t know how best to go about filling in my entry form for the Mind Media Awards as I feel like I’ve done lots of little things that perhaps add up to something bigger. So I thought I could link everything on a page on the website. This blog was something I made purely to talk about mental health in fathers, so perhaps this is the best place to talk about all of this.
To start off with, here is the appearance my wife and I made on This Morning to discuss my experience with postnatal depression as a new father:
Other media appearances include Radio Five Live and LBC Radio. Unfortunately I can’t show these as they are not actually held online and I dare say the Five Live appearance is no longer on the iPlayer. So I’m not sure if you can take my word for it or not.
Here is the article I wrote for Green Parent Magazine. Since I couldn’t find the actual magazine, here is the video of me talking about it on the blogs Facebook page, I hope that’s ok. Again, I’m sorry I’m not the best at showing evidence for this:
Then we were featured in a monthly edition of Take a Break magazine:
And I’ve also written about depression for the Royal Mail Courier – the monthly newspaper sent out to all Royal Mail employees – which Isabelle, my daughter, is delightfully showing:
I’ve also talked about my experience with postnatal depression on YouTube. Which has around 1000 views. Not the highest reach but it’s just another small example:
In terms of online media outlets, here are all the places that I can think of that have covered my mental health problems as a new father:
- The Sun
- Wales Online – Letter to Baby
- Wales Online – Initial Story
- The Independent
- The Mirror – Initial Story
- The Mirror – Letter to Baby
- Families Online
- Her – Ireland
- Daily Star
- Good to Know
- Daily Mail
Even one’s from news websites from other countries around the world
- Dzieckoifigura – Poland
- Deti.Mail – Russia
- Famme – Belgium
- Vanity Fair – Italy
- Essential Baby – Australia
- Biut – Spain
- Prozeny – Czech Republic
- MTV (not the other MTV) – Finland
- Mama Mia – Australia
- Expressen – Sweden
- Magic Maman – France
Then there are several other websites who I have personally written content for in regards to mental health in fathers:
- Today’s Parent
- Bub Hub – Australia
- Funky Pigeon
- Royal Mail (mainly about depression, not necessarily fathers) – the same article in the Courier
- Baby Center (US)
- Attachement Parenting UK
- Institute of Health Visiting
- Huff Post
The website itself has had over 17,000 views since I moved it over to WordPress in December 2017 from 101 different countries. These figures were up until June since I know there’s a cut off for this years nominations. Here are just the top few. Of course most of the views have come form the UK and the US, but people have still come in from all over the world, likely because of the news websites that covered my story.
Here’s the map version:
I’m only showing these to try and give examples of the reach that I’ve had. I can’t say how many people have seen what I’ve talked about as I don’t have the stats to the Independent or to Today’s Parent or anyone else who posted about all of this. I can only say about those who take the time to read those articles and head over to the blog.
I’m not sure how much of a difference I’ve really made. But my only aim when I started this blog was to talk about my experience with depression and try to encourage more men to do the same. It hasn’t always been an experience I’ve wanted to do, and I have turned down a few opportunities over the last year as I haven’t been right mentally to do them. But I think I’ve helped, even if it has only been a little bit.
In terms of my own blog posts, I’ve written the following on depression as a father:
- My initial story
- My letter to my daughter about my depression
- Baby regret
- A postnatal depression toolkit for ways to help – basically just a load of posts about things that helped me
- Having a breakdown with depression
I think that’s about it. I know there are probably others who have done more, but I guess I’ve just tried. It’s hard to say what reach or impact I’ve had, but I know if I could do more I would. I keep trying to talk about mental health and hope that this is something I can help more with in the future.
Thank you for reading this and possibly considering me for this award.