I want to think everyone including my wife Michelle who have supported me becoming a mental health campaigner supporting other fathers with their mental wellbeing, after receiving a Points of Light award!
I realised there very little support was available for new fathers and decided to establish ‘International Fathers’ Mental Health Day’. With 1 in 3 new dads concerned about their mental health, and 10% of new dads experiencing paternal postpartum depression, I began working to support dads worried about or suffering from depression, anxiety and PTSD. Through the campaigning, I started sharing the extensive research about the mental wellbeing of fathers, and working to give a voice to men transitioning into fatherhood. Since 2011, I has spoken around the world to raise the profile of perinatal mental health faced by fathers and campaign for better support.
In a personal letter to Mark, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “You have shown true bravery in talking about your own experiences, helping to combat stigma around the mental health of new fathers. In establishing ‘International Fathers’ Mental Health Day’, you are opening up vital conversations and ensuring that dads across the country feel supported.”
Mark said: “I’m very humbled and honoured to be awarded the Points of Light award from the Prime Minister. I receive this award on behalf of all the other campaigners, families that have trusted in me and the professionals I work alongside. Also to my wife, Michelle who has supported my work and inspired me to campaign for all parents.”