The tragic news of the suicide of John Clayton, 41, a father suffering with postnatal depression (PND), has led to calls for new fathers to be screened for mental health issues.
Clayton, a Cardiff University researcher, took his own life after to struggling to cope with the depression he fell victim to following the birth of his son in 2013, his former wife has claimed.
The news highlights the growing concern over the recognition of Paternal PND, and follows a study by the Priory Group revealing how 42pc of men who experience PND are too embarrassed to seek help as they ‘thought they should be happy’.
“Postnatal depression left me suicidal,” says Paternal PND sufferer Matthew Fearon, 36. “I would…