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International Father’s Mental Health Day 2020

International Father’s Mental Health Day 2020This year the International Fathers Mental Health Day falls on Monday 20th June, the day after Fathers Day. There is a stigma against experiencing difficulties in early parenthood for men.  Society views men as stoic, self-sacrificing, and above all, strong. While men feel none of those things as new fathers, they […]

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Maternal Mental Health Matters Week

This week is Maternal Mental Health Matters Week!Several years ago, Prof Angela Bowen from Saskatchewan University and colleagues got together to for this event. I included the Welsh Version of the MaternalMHmatters logo, and helped to spread the word! MaternalMHmatters has gone from strength to strength but still needs your help!It is about Raising global […]

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FATHERS SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP: WHITE PAPER

I have been invited to join the Marcé Society’s ‘Father’s Special Interest Group’ who are devising a white paper on the care and provision for fathers in the perinatal period.  I am hoping I will be able to discuss with the Board of the Marcé Society the inclusion of a Focus on Fathers.  Updates to […]

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LISTENING VISITS FOR FATHERS

Mark and I have developed a Journal for Fathers to be used in conjunction with the father who  is receiving ‘Listening Visits’.   The journal captures thoughts about the Listening Visits, what was anticipated, what happened and what happens next. The Journal also contains a diary outliningthe consumption and timing of food and alcoholthe number of cigarettes […]

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IHV PIMH CHAMPION TRAINING IN CARMARTHEN

Back on my home turf,  I had the opportunity to co-train with the iHV in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health.  We hosted 19 participants from all across Wales who shared their experiences.  As a result, this helped to make the 2 days extremely productive and enjoyable.  In light of this training they are all now […]

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MENTORING EMMA; A POST DOC PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Emma and I met at a halfway point at the Severn Bridge Service Station.  Emma is a post doctoral member of the the Marcé Society and I am mentoring her, at least I hope I am of some help!  Emma would like to publish the findings from her PhD both in journals and in a […]

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THE NEW MOTHER AND BABY UNIT

Mark, Maria Barvetta and I met with Mark Drakeford, when he was the Health Minister, to discuss the possibility of a new Mother and Baby Unit in Wales. The building remains under discussion with a new unit planned to open sometime in 2021

GOLD LEARNING ON PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH

GOLD – Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health’Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health’ by Dr Jane Hanley, Phd, RGN, RMN, Dip HV, Dip Couns FRSPH. Duration: 540 Mins; Credits: Handout: No …I spent 2 hours being recorded on Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health. The first hour was relaying the frameworks and how to listen effectively […]

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DEVISING A PROGRAMME OF LISTENING VISITS

Prof Lisa Segre from Iowa University, USA, has been in contact with an obstetrician working in Imperial College, who is interested in working with mothers who support other mothers and would like to provide training in Empathetic Listening to the volunteers. As this is a small project, Lisa felt it would be good to have […]

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