Dads Make a Difference: Fathers And Family Health

Fathers are doing more when it comes to the health of their kids than is often realised. With the right policies and services, they could do even more.

Do dads matter in their childrens' health?

The evidence here is overwhelmingly yes. What men do affects their children’s health whether they want it to or not, even before birth (and that doesn’t just apply to activities directly related to healthcare.)

The trouble is that many including policy-makers, professionals and commissioners assume the role is almost entirely mum's. It isn't. Dads may do more than you think. And, in some areas that are vital to health, the contribution is at least as important as mum’s. 

The Men's Health Forum report Dads Make a Difference brings together the limited research with new survey evidence and case studies to make key recommendations to policy-makers, commissioners and providers designed to make it easier for men to do what they already do and enable and encourage them to do more.

I have really appreciated being able to have a much more hands-on role in the upbringing of my children than just being the money earner. My wife works part time so it takes a lot of juggling to use annual leave days or flexi time to allow my wife to work.

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The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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