What To Do If You're Feeling Down on Fathers Day

Father's Day takes place on the third Sunday of June, however not everyone will celebrate the day with their father for various reasons. If you're feeling down, it's important to talk to someone about how you feel and know that support is available.

Talk About It

You'll hear it time and time again, but the saying does go 'a problem shared is a problem halved' and sometimes it proves true! Talking to someone you're close to, whether it be a family member, a friend or someone else you can trust can make you feel much better about your situation.

Distract Yourself

If you're really not feeling the day, you can always do something fun to take your mind off of things. Going out with friends, hitting the cinema or doing a little retail therapy can work wonders in distracting you for a while.

Grab your Young Scot card before heading out to make sure you can get money off your purchases!

Celebrate Another Family Member

If you don't have your dad around, maybe you could celebrate the day with someone else close to you, whether you've had another positive male influence in your life, such as an uncle, grand-dad or brother, or you're celebrating another parent, guardian, carer or friend.

Equally, if you don't want to partake in the day at all, that's fine too - you can set your own rules for the day!

More Help & Information


  • If you're feeling seriously low, it's important to seek advice from a medical professional. You can chat to your GP about how you're feeling and they will help you to understand why you're feeling this way and what you can do about it. Plus, if you want, you can be referred elsewhere if you need more support.
  • You can also call the Samaritans for a chat if you're feeling down and you want to talk things through with someone straight away on 0845 790 9090. Their phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You can also call the NHS 24 line for free on 111 at any time for health information and advice.