Mental healthParentingWellbeing

Having had a career as an infantry soldier, going into fatherhood, I thought I would be able to handle any situation and cope with it. Being ex-military, my views on mental health were probably very extreme because I felt like I was programmed to be a certain way.

It's this ‘pain is weakness leaving the body’ ‘mindset’ that makes me cringe now, but that’s the way I was used to thinking, as a soldier.

This all changed after traumatic events during the birth of my sixth child. My wife and son nearly died due to complications during labour and afterwards, I suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and anxiety.

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