Journal article

Male callers to an Australian perinatal depression and anxiety help line-Understanding issues and concerns.

Richard Fletcher, Jennifer StGeorge, Louise Newman, Jaime Wroe

Infant Mental Health Journal | Published : 2020

Abstract

There is increasing recognition of the issues facing men in the perinatal period. Vulnerability factors and issues in the partner relationship contribute to mental health risk and can impact the quality of the father-infant relationship. Yet, there is limited understanding of fathers' help-seeking when they or their partner are experiencing mental health issues in the context of caring for a new baby. The present study examines fathers' contacts with the Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) National Helpline. The study reviewed contacts from fathers and their identified needs for assistance, relationship issues, and support needs; 70% of male callers (N = 129) reported concerns..

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