At PND Borders we believe that it is families who live with the impact of postnatal depression, not only mothers. With this in mind, our support for fathers and partners allows space and time to consider how postnatal depression might be impacting on themselves and their relationships.
Fathers and partners can have a significant role to play in how families manage early parenthood and how they support their families through difficult times and move forward, towards recovery.
PND provides individual support to fathers and partners through our Partners’ Support Worker. This is provided as an ‘out of hours’ service on a Wednesday evening, with up to six hourly support sessions being available. Partners of women who have been referred to the service are given the opportunity to receive this support, or they can be referred individually through a Health Professional.
Topics covered might include:
- The impact of postnatal depression on families, relationships and individuals
- The father’s/partner’s role in family life
- The father’s/partner’s experience of being parented as a child
- How to support their partner
- Loss of a baby/child
Feedback from previous partners included:
“Initially, I was apprehensive but after the first session I felt at ease”.
“The sessions were helpful because it gave me somewhere to catch up with how I was feeling”.
“It was really helpful that there was not a long waiting time to being seen”.