Parental Mental Health Day, observed on January 27th, serves as a poignant reminder of the unique challenges faced by parents in balancing the demands of parenting with their own mental well-being.

Recognising this day underscores the importance of supporting parents in their dual roles, and illuminates the often-unspoken struggles of maintaining mental health amidst the pressures of raising children.

Why is Parental Mental Health Day Important?

Parental mental health is a critical component of a healthy family life. Parents often prioritise the needs of their children, sometimes at the cost of their own mental well-being. This can lead to increased stress, burnout, and mental health issues. Parental Mental Health Day aims to destigmatise these challenges and promote dialogue about the necessity of mental health support for parents.

How Organisations Can Recognise This Day

Companies can take several steps to support working parents on this day and beyond:

  1. Flexible Working Arrangements: Offer flexible hours or remote working options to accommodate parenting responsibilities.
  2. Parent Support Groups: Facilitate support groups where parents can share experiences and advice, reducing feelings of isolation.
  3. Mental Health Resources: Provide access to mental health professionals and resources, including confidential counselling services.
  4. Awareness Campaigns: Host workshops or seminars that focus on strategies for managing parenting stress and enhancing mental well-being.
  5. Leave Policies: Review and potentially expand parental leave policies to allow parents time to adjust to new family dynamics without the added stress of work.
  6. Communication: Encourage open conversations about parental mental health, making it clear that seeking help is not only acceptable but encouraged.

Resources for Parental Mental Health Day

To further support parents, the following resources offer valuable information and assistance:

  • Mind: Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
  • Parents Helpline: YoungMinds offers a helpline service for parents concerned about the mental health of a child or young person.
  • Parental Mental Health Alliance: An organisation dedicated to improving the mental health of parents and young people.
  • Fatherly: Fatherly provides support resources specifically aimed at supporting fathers in their parenting role.

Workplace Wellbeing Professional and Working Parents

Workplace Wellbeing Professional recognise the challenges faced by working parents and frequently publish content on this topic. Take a look at some of our news and analysis pieces below, with many more to be found under ‘Working Parents’ in the topic index.

Feature articles – exclusive content contributed by health and wellbeing professions:

Paula Allen: The Need for Improved Support and Initiatives for Working Mothers

Jess Lancashire: The Flexibility Revolution – Transforming Work for UK Families

Charlotte Gentry: Understanding How Fertility, Menstrual Health and Menopause Impact The Workplace

News stories:

40% Working Parents Contemplate Quitting Due to Overwhelming Responsibilities 

Working Dads Fear Asking for Parental Leave Due to Career Damage

How Much Money You’ll Lose on Maternity Leave

Joanne Swann, Content Manager, WorkWellPro
Editor at Workplace Wellbeing Professional | Website

Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.