I am Kenneth Braswell, CEO of Fathers Incorporated and Executive Director of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. AMA about fatherhood, mental health, and how taking care of your mental health helps ensure your kids can thrive!
I’m Kenneth Braswell and I’ve spent three decades advocating for responsible fatherhood and helping dads play an active role in the lives of their kids.
During this time, I’ve helped develop countless resources in support of strong fathers and families. As part of my work in this field, I’ve also partnered with organizations dedicated to helping dads take care of their physical and mental health and well-being, and helping them understand how doing this allows them to continue being engaged and present in the lives of their kids. I founded Fathers Incorporated in 2004 to collaborate with organizations around the country to drive social and legislative changes that lead to healthy fatherhood involvement. I’ve learned that while fathers play an essential role, they often face uphill battles in trying to be a consistent presence for their kids, which can include making sure they are taking care of themselves and their kids from a mental health standpoint. I’ve also learned that many fathers would appreciate tips and guidance on how to approach conversations around mental health with their own kids who might be struggling.
I’ve recently developed a 15 minute documentary called “Dadication,” which explores the many challenges fathers face in trying to be involved in their children’s lives, including mental health. You can view the full film at Fatherhood.gov/Dadication.I’m here to answer any questions you have about being an involved father and the role mental health plays in that. Looking for tips and resources to help take care of your own mental health? Have questions about how to approach conversations around emotional wellbeing with your kids? Ask me anything! PROOF: https://i.redd.it/2cepa2me5s891.jpg
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who joined today’s discussion! There are many questions unanswered. It is my hope over time to get through the all. I enjoyed the conversation and hope you picked up a tip or two. To learn more and find additional resources for fathers, you can visit fatherhood.gov.