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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 240

Supporting Divorced Dads’ Mental Health

with guest Eran Magen

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | June 24, 2024 | 41:57 min.

Sadly, divorced fathers are among the highest at risk of suicide. Dr. Eran Magen, an expert in education and psychology from Stanford University and founder of Parenting for Humans and DivorcingDads.org, discusses the unique challenges divorced dads face, including emotional and financial pressures. He shares advice on how dads can maintain strong relationships with their children. And most importantly, how friends and family can intervene and support at-risk fathers to help them take a proactive role with their mental health.

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Eran Magen

Dr. Eran Magen earned his MA in education and PhD in psychology at Stanford University, and then served as the research director for the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. He is the founder of Parenting For Humans, a relationship-first, trauma-informed system for parenting, and the founder of DivorcingDads.org, a nonprofit dedicated to helping fathers stay healthy and connected to their children during and after a divorce.

EPISODE NOTES

If you or someone you know has experienced the devastating trauma of a divorce, you know the huge toll it takes on relationships directly impacting mental health. Dr. Megan emphasizes the power of a strong support network to help reduce the risk of suicide, particularly when friends, family, and loved ones stay present, demonstrate concern, and offer help proactively. 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  1. The importance of relationships: The best protective factor against suicide is nurturing strong relationships with your kids, with peers, or someone that you can talk to.

  2. Unique challenges faced by divorced dads: It’s common that divorced dads experience disconnectedness from their kids, isolation, and despair.

  3. Strategies for support: Regular check-ins, emotional support, and open communication are key to helping divorced dads in distress. 

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