Helping Men Beat the Baby Blues
and Overcome Depression
Click here to see Dr. Courtenay's recent interview about men's depression and suicide by Ysabel Duron and Marty Gonzalez on San Francisco's KRON 4 Weekend Morning News.
A Note From Dr. Will Courtenay
Welcome to PostpartumMen. I hope that you’re finding it helpful.
I’d like to tell you a little bit about who I am and what I do. As a psychotherapist, I specialize in helping men with postpartum depression, anxiety and other concerns that can prevent us from living happy and fulfilling lives. In addition to my work with individual men, and women, I facilitate groups for dads with postpartum depression and anxiety.
I began my psychotherapy practice in 1991. Two years later, I started a health education organization called Men’s Health Consulting. People thought I was crazy. They said, “Men’s health? What’s that? Men are healthy, aren’t they!?” That was before Men’s Health Magazine became hugely successful – and when most doctors didn’t even know that men were dying nearly eight years younger than women.
Today, men are living longer, healthier lives. But now, men’s postpartum depression is where men’s health was 15 years ago. People say the same thing, “Men’s postpartum depression? What’s that? Men don’t get postpartum depression, do they!?” Well, they do. A lot of them do. And, they’re needing help.
As you know, being a father and a husband isn’t as easy as Ward Cleaver made it seem on “Leave It To Beaver.” But his image is a powerful and persistent one. Even today, when we see new parents on TV and in movies, we usually see moms and dads experiencing the joyful bliss of new parenthood (and maybe a couple of “comic” scenes of sleepless nights). What we definitely don’t see, are fathers with postpartum depression.
Despite these media images, as many as 1 in 4 dads do experience postpartum depression. Having no visible examples in our culture of men like this, a father with postpartum depression usually suffers in isolation – sure that he’s the only one. And, of course – with no examples to look to – he doesn’t have any idea what to do about it.
It really pains me to see so many men suffering alone, in silence. Especially since depression, anxiety and the other mental health problems that afflict us are treatable. So, raising awareness about men’s physical and mental health concerns continues to be my passion – along with helping the men I work with to lead the most fulfilling lives they can.
Dr. Will Courtenay
Dr. Courtenay hosts a variety of web sites for men. For more information and to find links to these web sites, click here.
More About Dr. Will Courtenay
Dr. Courtenay – known as “The Men’s Doc” – is an internationally recognized expert in helping men. The American Psychological Association has referred to him as, “a leading psychologist in the field of masculinity” and “one of the leading scholars, researchers, and public policy shapers in the psychology of men.” Dr. Courtenay has once again been selected for inclusion in Who's Who in America (2012) as a "foremost achiever in his field." He is a contributor to Esquire Magazine.
Dr. Courtenay received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Dr. Courtenay has served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. Dr. Courtenay also serves as a Coordinator with Postpartum Support International.
In addition to his psychotherapy practice, Dr. Courtenay has spent the
last 15 years researching and writing about men’s physical and mental
health concerns, and effective strategies for helping men. His work is referenced by researchers throughout the world and has been translated
into many languages. Currently, the focus of his research and writing
men’s experiences after the birth of a child – and effective
for helping men with postpartum depression.
In 1993, Dr. Courtenay founded Men’s Health Consulting to educate health professionals and the public about the health of men and boys, and how to best provide services to men. He has lectured internationally and, as a consultant, has trained thousands of health professionals in how to most effectively communicate and work with men.
Dr. Courtenay was the founding editor of the International Journal of Men’s Health, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Men’s Health. He is on the Advisory Board of The Center for Men and Young Men at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is the U.S. Representative to the Steering Committee of the International Society for Men’s Health.
As a writer, Dr. Courtenay has authored numerous publications on the health and well-being of men, and is a regular contributor to professional journals. In 2004, he received the “Researcher of The Year” award from the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.
Dr. Courtenay is the author of the book Dying To Be Men (Routledge, 2011).