Making Mental Health a Positive: fodada’s Mental Fitness 5 for Fathers

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With Mental Health Awareness Month rapidly approaching in May, clothing social enterprise company, fodada, is playing its part in removing stigmas. – Its strategy is to give fathers and families, 5 easy to use, mental fitness tips, which have been devised in partnership with licensed mental health specialists at Advekit .

An Innovative Initiative That Can Make a Huge Difference

fodada’s unique idea helps to show all of us that being healthy emotionally, is as approachable and vital as doing exercise to keep physically fit. The company states that: “The Mental Fitness Five for Fathers is designed to change the dialogue around mental health to focus on its positive impact, beginning with simple, approachable perspective change and steps which connect parents and their children, while promoting mental fitness”.

Background Information on fodada

The company, which supports, promotes and celebrates dads through social awareness programs and campaigns, was established back in 2012. Because of it highly popular line of clothing,

fodada has the means to brand its great dads’ idea, while simultaneously financing the much needed free programs which are directed at dads and families in over 20 countries across the globe. Programs include popular initiatives such as: the Red Beanie Campaign and Dad & Me. And some are extremely helpful for dads who are incarcerated, and want to remain in close contact with their children.

A Social Program Inline with With Fodada’s Mission

The actionable, practical clear tips for dads, are designed to help them, their partners/spouses, and their kids. In order to gain as much support as possible, and keep the wearers mindful about the accessibility and importance of mental fitness, fodada brought out a dedicated “noggin” T-shirt emblazened with the 5 tips.

The 5 Mental Fitness Five Tips For Dads

Number 1: Speak with your children anywhere, anytime  – about anything.
Number 2: Let them in – let them know who you are deep inside, & discuss the good & bad things you go through.
Number 3: In the first instance, take care of yourself – that way, you can take better care of everyone you love.
Number 4: Understand your kid’s world – encourage them to do well, & take part in some of the things they like, such as their hobbies and fun days out.
Number 5: Give both yourself, and your children, grace – sometimes it’s acceptable not to be okay.

Bobby Barzi, “chief dada” and founder of fodada notes that the campaign is designed to: “Position mental health in a better light – one that is socially acceptable and approachable. By promoting the positive and accessible side of mental fitness, fodada provides opportunities for incremental progress, connecting fathers and their families to the deep value of mental health and strengthening family cores”. What could be better?