New Dad Study

NEST's research aims to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of new fathers in the UK. You may find the links to additional resources and helplines useful in the resources section.


Our Aim

Nest's Purpose at a Glance

We would like to learn more about new fathers' early experiences of becoming a parent and how this may impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Our findings will inform how health professionals who are in contact with new parents during and after the birth of their baby could better support new fathers.

Why is fathers’ mental health and wellbeing important?

If fathers are well supported they can better support their partners and contribute positively to the whole family. Fathers who are affectionate, supportive, and involved can improve their child’s development. Children who have good relationships with their fathers as they grow up tend to do better at school, are better at understanding others’ needs, better at making decisions and dealing with different situations. They also seem to be able to cope better with stress, and develop better social skills, have fewer behavioural problems and lower rates of criminality and substance misuse.

The challenges of fatherhood

Becoming a father can be a wonderful time. However it can also be stressful and challenging. Studies have shown that many fathers experience poor mental health and wellbeing around the time of their child’s birth, which has a negative impact on their own health and can affect the health and well-being of their partner and child.

This website presents the background and aims of a study that is being carried out in London. If you are a new dad (within one year of the birth of your first child) or you are about to become a new dad, and live in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Ealing, Brent or Harrow you may be able to take part and contribute to this study.


Our News

Stay up to date with our important work:

#WBW 2021 Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility – Fathers

Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants and its associated benefits to the infant, mother and the wider public health are well documented. play a crucial role in making breastfeeding a success. Click on the link to read the full blog.

Read my latest Voices piece on the Institute of Health Visiting website 'Men are not from Mars' published today

To mark International Father’s Mental Health Day, I have written a blog for the Institute of Health Visiting about engaging with fathers

New study published ahead of International Fathers' Mental Health Day on the reflections and learning from the New Dad Study

Working with fathers: Reflections and learning from the New Dad Study. This article explores some of the issues relating to engagement with fathers in practice and research, reflecting on the New Dad Study (NEST) and sharing some of my learnings.