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Dads pose naked to raise awareness of fathers’ mental health

June 18, 2018

By: Gem Sofianos

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Dads pose naked to raise awareness of fathers’ mental health

The Dad Network has launched a campaign to raise awareness of father’s mental health and tackle stigma surrounding men’s mental health.

Ahead of Father’s Day and International Father’s Mental Health Day the network launched the #FatherFigures campaign to increase knowledge and awareness of mental health in dads, and highlight the link between mental well-being and body perceptions.

‘#FatherFigures encourages dads to celebrate their bodies, whilst breaking down societal stereotypes of what a ‘normal’ body should look like. We want to promote positive body confidence amongst fathers and encourage men to open up about their mental health and provide much-needed support,’ The Dad Network said.

‘We want to encourage all men to find the path to a healthier, happier version of themselves so ultimately, they can be the best fathers possible,’ it added.

The campaign features a number of dad’s pictured either nude or in their underwear holding placards highlighting various statistics surrounding men’s mental health.

Speaking to The Independent The Dad Network’s founder, Al Ferguson said: ‘The reason we wanted to run a campaign like this is purely based on the fact that we have so many dads from within our network coming forward to open up about mental health struggles they are facing or have faced. Yet, in society generally, it’s never spoken about.’

‘Ultimately, The Dad Network aims to support dads in their role as a father and our experience from the network says that mental plays a big part in stopping dads from being the best they can be,’ he added.

‘We also know that simply talking about it with other dads, some who’ve been there before, and some who haven’t, can make a huge impact on a suffering father.’

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‘7 ways weightlifting can be good for mental wellbeing’

It is widely known that being actively and exercising can help improve people’s mental wellbeing and more and more people are using it as a tool to improve their mental health.

According to the Press Association, a study recently reported that a particular type of physical activity can help reduce depressive symptoms.

The study by the University of Limerick suggested that weightlifting is linked ‘with a significant reduction in depressive symptoms’ and could be used as an ‘addition to therapy for depressive symptoms.’

With that in mind the Press Association have suggested seven ways weightlifting can be good for mental wellbeing, here are the first two:

  1. It improves sleep and energy levels – Besides the aesthetic, physiological and strength benefits, weight-training  can have an affect on how we feel and also how we think. It’s been found that weight-training can help improve your sleep pattern and the quality of sleep you get – and sleep is so important in everyday life. Good quality sleep helps improve stress levels, regulate hormones, and can also help you lose weight and feel more energised throughout the day.
  2. It lets you challenge yourself – The transformation of your body from undertaking weight-training is a large incentive for many people. However, a more toned physique isn’t the only reward for your efforts in the gym: Weight-training allows you to challenge yourself, which can work wonders on improving your sense of self-esteem by setting new goals for yourself and beating them, which can in turn help boost mental wellbeing and motivation levels.

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