On average, men are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women. Moreover, they often are reluctant to seek medical care. Physical health problems, substance use disorders, and mental health challenges such as depression, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder can prevent fathers from spending positive, quality time with their children. To increase the longevity and the quality of their lives and relationships, we must encourage dads to attend to their physical and mental health needs early and regularly.
Why don’t more fathers take steps that could improve their health and well-being, thereby modeling healthy behaviors for their children? On September 29, we had a critical conversation about men’s health, when our panel of subject matter experts responded to this and other questions. We also explored ways that fatherhood programs can help fathers better attend to their physical and mental health and discuss how doing so can improve their children’s health and well-being.
- Armin Brott, Author, Columnist, Radio Host, and Founder, MrDad.com, Larkspur, CA
- Craig Garfield, MD, MAPP, Professor, Lurie Children’s Hospital/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
- Derrick Gordon, PhD, Associate Professor, The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Facilitator: David Miller, NRFC
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