Fatherhood and mental illness
Researchers have traditionally paid little attention to the intersections between men’s mental illness and family life. Recently, however, this has been changing. This paper provides practitioners and policy-makers with a broad overview of some of the key issues identified in the growing literature on paternal mental illness.
At the time of writing, Rhys Price-Robertson was a Senior Research Officer with the CFCA information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. He is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, where he is investigating the experiences of families affected by paternal mental illness.
Special thanks to Brad Morgan, as well as the family members involved with Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) who contributed their stories to this paper. Thanks also to Professor Lenore Manderson, Dr. Cameron Duff and Dr. Andrea Reupert for their generous feedback and support.
The feature image was supplied by the author.