We asked Anthony Field (the blue wiggle) for some words of encouragement or tips to help dads living with mental illness.
Anthony is a father of three children and has lived with depression for many years.
Anthony is fully aware of the importance fathers can have on their child’s life. In his autobiography How I Got My Wiggle Back, he writes about the profound impact his father had upon him as a child; and into adulthood particularly when he experienced chronic depression.
Anthony says he learnt a lot from his father and although he lost his dad several years ago, he still looks to him for inspiration.
Now, if feeling troubled, Anthony thinks about how his father would handle a situation.
Anthony’s dad led him towards treatment.
Anthony writes candidly about overcoming depression, life-threatening illness and chronic pain in ‘How I Got My Wiggle Back’, an autobiography referred to as part memoir, part fitness and health manual.
Dads – if you’re living with mental illness (your own or a partner’s) you can find more helpful information on our Dad’s page.