A team of Australian psychologists and researchers have recently launched Partners to Parents (www.partnerstoparents.org) to help couples reduce the chances of experiencing perinatal depression during pregnancy and early parenthood.
Psychologist and Project Lead, Pam Pilkington, said she was inspired to create this free resource when someone close to her experienced postnatal depression.
“Even though effective treatments are available, only 1 in 2 parents affected by perinatal depression seek professional help.”
She believes that to make an impact on the prevalence of perinatal mental health problems, health professionals need to consider prevention, not just treatment.
Partners to Parents aims to prevent perinatal depression by targeting one of the strongest predictors of whether or not a parent will develop perinatal mood problems: partner support.
The website is filled with practical advice to help partners be supportive of one another, parent together as a team, handle conflict, communicate effectively, and navigate changes to their sexual relationship.
Midwives can be confident in recommending this website to parents as it is backed by evidence. The content was developed by conducting research with an international panel of more than fifty perinatal health professionals, and parents who have experienced perinatal depression. Pam was awarded the Australasian Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health Young Researcher Award for this work.
It is hoped that this website will encourage partners to focus on supporting one another and strengthening their relationship, so that they can better manage the stress and changes associated with becoming a parent.
Visit the website here.
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