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For dads

1 in 10 dads develop postnatal depression following the birth of their child, and the partners of women affected by perinatal mental health problems are at increased risk of depression themselves.

NCT information on postnatal depression in fathers

Community and social support
  • Home-Start Charity Practical support and friendship for families with young children
  • Family Action Practical, emotional and financial support for those experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across England (includes self-care resources and peer support services)
  • Action for Children Offering support for families, and help on fostering, adoption, children in care and disabled children
  • Gingerbread Advice, information and practical support for single parents
  • MumsAid Free evidence-based counselling with creche support for women during pregnancy and in the two-year postnatal period. There’s also a service for teen mums, YoungMumsAid, for 16-19 year-olds
  • NHS Choices Teenage Pregnancy Support  
  • Family Nurse Partnership A voluntary NHS programme for first-time young mothers, aged 19 years or under. A specially-trained family nurse visits from early pregnancy until the child is two, working in partnership with the mother to get the best outcome for the new family
  • Cry-Sis Support for parents of babies with challenging behaviour, excessive crying and sleeplessness
  • Birth Companions London charity providing support to vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers who are, have been or are at risk of going in prison
  • Aware NI Charity supporting people with mental health problems in Northern Ireland
Peer support and online support
  • Action on Postpartum Psychosis Peer Support Offers an online forum and peer support from women and their partners with lived experience in a supportive and monitored environment
  • Bipolar UK Support Groups Bipolar UK also regularly run workshops on the issues faced by women who have bipolar disorder and want to start a family
  • Cocoon Family Support Help and support for those affected by postnatal depression in London
  • The SMILE Group Supporting mothers suffering from postnatal depression in the north of England
  • Big White Wall An online community for mental health support. Available 24/7 with trained ‘Wall Guides’ ensuring the safety and anonymity of members
  • Bluebell A growing charity based in Bristol supporting mums, dads and families who are affected by antenatal or postnatal depression
  • Light Sheffield A small charity that offers peer support to mums in the Sheffield area and beyond who are experiencing or have been affected by perinatal mental illness
  • Shoreditch Trust Bump Buddies Charitable organisation providing a support network for new mothers through mentoring, activities and confidence building
  • Mothers for mothers A charity based in Bristol/South Gloucestershire/Bath/North East Somerset offering support, advice, and information
  • Moment Health Website with a free app to check mood and signpost to local support
Social media and digital technology support

The following are examples of social media and digital technology you may find supportive. Note: the RCGP cannot take responsibility for social media content, and health professionals are advised to cautiously assess their suitability for individual patients.

  • NHS Start for Life Information Service Weekly emails, texts and videos to support families during pregnancy and infancy
  • Baby Buddy App for Smart Phone An award-winning app developed by the charity Best Beginnings, which includes videos, information and updates for your pregnancy and postnatal journey
  • BirthTraumaChat A peer support Twitter network dealing with birth trauma and PTSD run by Emma Jane Sasaru and Susanne Remic. Emma @unfoldURwings and Susanne @maternitymattrs host #BirthTraumaChat weekly on Twitter (Mondays at 8-9pm). #PTSD and #birthtrauma can also be used to view related Tweets
  • Maternity Experience (MatExp) A grassroots campaign connecting healthcare professionals and parents to identify and share best practice across the nation’s maternity services. Also has a closed forum on www.facebook.com/groups/matexp
  • Sheffield’s Forging Families Organisation that supports, offers information and promotes health and wellbeing for Sheffield families during the perinatal period. Health promotion materials and discussion are shared via their Facebook page
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