The change into family life can come with challenges for both Mum and Dad. As a new dad, supporting both your partner and your baby, whilst managing all your responsibilities, can be stressful and overwhelming sometimes. Did you know that 1 in 10 new dads struggle with their mental health during this period?

Mind the Dad focuses on dads who feel they could benefit from support during this time.

We provide free online support either with your baby or in virtual groups, where you can meet other dads in similar situations, at flexible hours (including evenings and weekends).

If you would like to access Mind the Dad or are a professional referring, please use this form.   

Introduction

Introduction

The change into family life can come with challenges for both Mum and Dad. As a new dad, supporting both your partner and your baby, whilst managing all your responsibilities, can be stressful and overwhelming sometimes. Did you know that 1 in 10 new dads struggle with their mental health during this period?

Mind the Dad focuses on dads who feel they could benefit from support during this time.

We provide free online support either with your baby or in virtual groups, where you can meet other dads in similar situations, at flexible hours (including evenings and weekends).

If you would like to access Mind the Dad or are a professional referring, please use this form here.

How it works

How it works

Mind the Dad focuses on dads who feel they could benefit from support during this time.

We provide free online support either with you baby or in virtual groups, where you can meet other dads in similar situations, at flexible hours (including evenings and weekends).

Reflective Parenting Group

The Reflective Parenting Group is a space for dads to meet and talk about what to expect during the first year of their baby’s lives, their child’s emotional development, and how best to look after themselves and their babies. The group aims to help dads understand the thoughts, feelings and needs of both themselves and their babies, in order to improve family relationships.

Who will be there?
The group is made up of 4-8 Dads plus two group facilitators. We may also be able to offer these groups to you and your partner together, where you will meet with other couples.

What is the time commitment?
The group consists of 7 weekly group sessions.

Where will it take place?
These groups are being delivered online.

Video-feedback Intervention for Positive Parenting (VIPP)

VIPP is a video-feedback programme to help parents better understand their baby’s communications, emotions and behaviour. A practitioner will meet with you online to record you and your baby doing everyday tasks together, such as playing with toys or feeding your baby. You will then watch the videos back together to see how your baby reacts, to work out how they may be feeling and what they need in these moments and to learn more about what your baby likes and dislikes. This programme helps you to pick up on behaviours that you could otherwise have missed in real time, helping you to understand and help support your baby more. We also provide tips on how best to play and bond with your baby.

Who will be there?
A practitioner, yourself and your baby. We may also be able to deliver this programme to you and partner together, with your baby.

What is the time commitment?
The intervention is delivered over 6 sessions and each visit takes about 1.5 hours.

Where will it take place?
This programme will take place online.

Who it is for

Who it is for

Mind the Dad is available for all fathers in South West London who have a baby under 1 year. If you are not sure whether you can access this service, please get in touch with us for more details.

Evaluation

Evaluation

Using both qualitative and quantitative data, the evaluation aims to look at the overall experience of the users and measure the project’s effect on parental mental health and relationship with their infant.

 In the form of routine outcome measures, the quantitative evaluation assesses:

  • Signs of improvement in paternal mental health
  • Father’s confidence in their parenting
  • Father’s reflective functioning abilities
  • Father’s experience of the service
  • Father’s perception of their perceived support
  • Changes in Infant’s development

The qualitative evaluation (carried out in the form of focus groups with lead therapists and fathers separately) assesses:

  • How fathers found the intervention in terms of what worked for them and what they found more challenging
  • The lead therapists’ experience with working with fathers and the potential differences they found than with working with mothers
Meet the team

Meet the team

Tessa Baradon (Consultant Infant Mental Health), Eloise Stevens (Early Years Therapist – VIPP), Alex Tsefos (Assistant Psychology – Early Years)

Get in touch

Get in touch

To find out more about Mind the Dad, or how to make a referral, get in touch at EarlyYears@annafreud.org

We accept self-referrals from dads and referrals from professionals. If you feel that you would benefit from this support, or are a professional referring a father, please complete this form here

Alternatively, if you would like to talk to us about the service, please get in touch:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7794 2313 (then dial 1128 for Robyn Hart in the Mind the Dad team)

Email: mindthedad@annafreud.org


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