latest blog

05/9-17 at 06.31 Rachel Jenkins
Is it just me or are you also breathing a sigh more...


keep in touch


our downloads

Download our Referral Guidelines

Download our Bristol Referral Form

Download our Torbay South Hams

Read Bluebell's latest evaluation report

Read Bluebell's evaluation report


facebookTwitterDonate now

fundraising ideas

28/2-17 at 14.18 by: Louis
Keeping Dads in Mind
I am so excited to start my new role as Dads worker with @bluebellcare under the new brand @dadsinmind.

I’d like to introduce myself; so here is a little bit about me and my journey as a Dad so far. I’m sharing my experience in the hope that some of you might relate to it. It was a huge relief to me when I was reassured that my experience was not uncommon.

I began my fatherhood journey with optimism: I was excited and had a smile from ear to ear. I wanted to share my bundle of joy with the world. Although I am careful to note there is not always a fairytale beginning for everyone. The first month or so was a bit of a rollercoaster so I couldn't actually describe how I was feeling apart from the obvious tiredness. I first realized something wasn't quite right for me when I went out for a walk and suddenly felt very worried about the potential of getting hurt in some way i.e. getting hit by a car. It was the first time I had felt that kind of worry for years. (I would say I had always been a worrier from a young age, but a worrier in denial). It was like a switch in my brain had gone from normal to alert. Alarms were ringing and lights were flashing. It eased off after a while but my thought process had definitely changed. The crippling worry I was experiencing then transferred to the safety of my son. I began to ask lots of ‘what if?’ questions. What if I stand on him? What if his blanket suffocates him? I couldn’t escape from the terrible thoughts in my head. . It got to the point where I felt it was much safer for my son not to be around me.

This was a difficult thing for my partner to hear, especially as she now had to look after a baby on her own. It took a while, but I eventually got help. It was very difficult to get the targeted help I needed as no one seemed to know how to deal with a Dad experiencing poor mental well-being. Eventually, after being passed from pillar to post, I discovered Bluebell and they listened to me in a non-judgmental way and were able to help me locate tools to aid my recovery. They had the understanding and knowledge which helped get me out of the hole I was in

I am now fully recovered, and a part time stay-at-home Dad. As well as working in a bike shop my passion lies in supporting you. Informed by my own lived experience, I’m here to listen to you and be there for you, in a non-judgmental and caring way. I truly believe that whether you are struggling with your own mental health or are supporting a partner who is, it’s really important to keep Dads in mind.
No comments registered


http://bluebellcare.org/uploads/images/cupcake.jpg

everyone sharing their problems and people listening to each other.