New fathers and dads-to-be will be offered mental health checks as part of an NHS England shake-up of perinatal care، as the Daily MAIL SAID.
The partners of expectant mothers who suffer from depression، anxiety or psychosis will be offered peer support، couples therapy and parenting interventions.
Although it is well recognised up to one in five mothers endure symptoms of post-natal depression، the NHS argues little attention is paid to men.
Yet، research suggests as many men can be affected by the condition - and having to care for a partner with mental health issues can prove more difficult when a baby enters the world. Simon Stevens، chief executive of NHS England، said the health service 'has a role to play in helping support the whole family'.
He added: 'These days dads and partners are rightly expected to be more hands-on and NHS mental health services also need to step up and support families at times of extreme stress and anxiety.'
Parenting groups، such as the National Childbirth Trust، offer support to both parents، but Mr Stevens argues the NHS should intervene when fathers are struggling.
'At what should be one of the happiest moments of our lives، caring for a partner suffering mental ill health when a new baby arrives is a difficult and often lonely experience،' he said.
'Alongside the backup and friendship of other new parents in NCT and other groups، the NHS has a role to play in helping support the whole family.'