Dads and Partners
It is well recognised that the perinatal period is a time of significant change for all members of the family. It’s important that partners know how to access support for themselves and their partners – research shows that women recover more quickly when well supported by their partners.
Partners of women accessing specialist services themselves face increased vulnerability to mental health difficulties which can make it more difficult to cope with the usual struggles of becoming a parent. Partners may be coping with adjusting to life with a new baby, a lack of sleep, increased responsibilities at home and changing relationships with their partner. This can trigger new mental health difficulties or exacerbate already existing ones.
The Community Perinatal Team can provide partners with a self-assessment tool to help them identify any mental health difficulties and signpost them to support available. Carers assessments can also be offered.