WHY FATHERS MATTER
"Role of a father figure"
The role of a father is essential to the emotional well-being of their children as a caretaker, disciplinarian and to bring structure to the family.
Fathers that are affectionate, supportive, and involved can contribute greatly to their child’s cognitive, language, and social development, as well as academic achievement, sense of well-being, good self-esteem, and authenticity of their own identity.
Fathers have a great influence on all their child’s relationships. Their relationship with their father can affect all their relationships including those with friends, lovers and spouses.
In today's society, the role of the male figure has been lost, especially in the home, which is having a detrimental effect on millions of families. We are keen advocates of women’s rights and recognise that these issues also affect women but feel that the support networks for men are underdeveloped and see it as our role to focus on these aspects.
2.7 million men in England currently have a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or stress and their situations have in recent years been exacerbated by the tough economic climate including the latest Brexit. (Reference: Mind Org)
Men and women experience mental health problems in roughly equal numbers, but men are much less likely to be diagnosed and treated for them. The consequences of this can be fatal as 76% of all suicides are by men under the age of 35 (Reference: ONS).
Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women) (Reference: Health and Social Care Information Centre).
"Fathers' Nation is dedicated to my father Jorge Rodrigues (R.I.P. 1944-2006) and all those that never got the love & identity from their fathers but also to the strong mothers of this world".
by: Nelson Rodrigues