Getting Help as a Depressed Dad: A Lived Experience Narrative of Paternal Postnatal Depression, with Considerations for Healthcare Practice

Davenport, Caroline and Swami, Viren (2022) Getting Help as a Depressed Dad: A Lived Experience Narrative of Paternal Postnatal Depression, with Considerations for Healthcare Practice. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. ISSN 1365-2850

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12854

Abstract

Lived experience is increasingly viewed as an important means of informing mental health practice. In this case, the lived experience narrative comes from a father who experienced postnatal depression (PND). Yet, whilst men are increasingly sharing their experiences of PND in the public sphere, there have been limited advances in their quality of care and support during the perinatal period. Services for perinatal mental health problems are targeted towards mothers, with fathers not traditionally being seen as experiencing perinatal mental health problems. Despite a recent growth of paternal mental health scholarship, this has not translated into universal practice, although NHS England (2018) have stipulated that, in England, partners (fathers) should be supported if the mother of their child is mentally unwell. This disparity is arguably due to numerous factors, which are discussed here.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Postnatal depression, Fathers, Help-seeking, Narratives, Patient experience
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2022 12:22
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2022 11:43
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707704

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