Mind the Dad

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 are struggling during this time.

We provide free support in small groups in the community or one-to-one support at your home at flexible hours (including evenings and weekends).

Interventions offered

Reflective Parenting Group

The Reflective Parenting Group is a space for Dads to meet and talk about what to expect during pregnancy and birth, child 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 promote family relationships and sensitive parenting.’

Who will be there?
The group will have 6-10 Dads plus two group facilitators.

What is the time commitment?
The group consists of 6 group sessions.

Where will it take place?
These groups will take place in a local community building in your area.

Video-feedback Intervention for Positive Parenting (VIPP)

VIPP is a video-feedback programme for parents to help them better understand their baby’s communications, emotions and behaviour. A practitioner will visit you in your home for 6 sessions and film you and your baby doing everyday tasks together such as playing with toys or feeding or dressing your baby. You will then watch the videos back together to see how your baby reacts, to work out how they may be feeling 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?
One practitioner will visit you and your child.

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 in your home. If this is not possible or you don’t feel comfortable with this, we can discuss other possible venues.

We may also be able to deliver this programme to you and your partner together.

Who can access Mind the Dad services?

Mind the Dad is currently available to the partners of women accessing the South West London Perinatal team. If you are not sure whether you can access this service, please get in touch with us for more details.

Get in touch.

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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