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CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE IN WALES

I was invited by the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) to represent them at the CYPE Committee. The meeting was in Committee Room at the Senedd Cardiff. I have not been to a Committee meeting before, so was uncertain what to expect.  It was ‘interesting’ with big desks between the four of us to be […]

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FREELANCE JOURNALIST – PATERNAL DEPRESSION

I received an interesting question about the links between alcohol consumption, substance misuse and marital violence and paternal depression.  Although there is anecdotal evidence – fathers talking with Mark and myself – there appears very little in the literature.  I have spent several hours – about 20 in all, searching through research papers.  Although there […]

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MEETING IN THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

In mid-April, Mark Williams, and I met with Rob Flello MP and Lloyd Brown for a roundtable on paternal postnatal depression. There was an excellent turnout with about 15 interested parties around the table to discuss the most recent evidence regarding postnatal depression and mental health problems in men following the birth of a child. […]

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LAST WORD

I have just completed writing ‘The Last Word’, the quarterly column I write of the Journal of Health Visiting.  As perinatal mental health seems to have been in the news recently I thought I would concentrate on this.  It is usually tough coming up with 1,000 words – but not this time!

MOTHERS SINGING

Following a discussion with Dr Jess Heron who is the Director of Action for Postpartum Psychosis (APP) and a Senior Research Fellow in Perinatal Psychiatry at Birmingham University, it was decided that the group I sing with (Frenzaloud) could support her project.  APP has acquired funding from Comic Relief but this has to be matched.  […]

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eLEARNING

We are in the final stages of eLearning, which has meant exhausting and extensive work to put together the whole project.  There are plans to submit it for accreditation with the CPD organisation.

CIRCLES

Currently we are helping Aiden Crawley, one of the founders of Circles.  His organisation plan to develop an app to help mothers with perinatal mental illness.  We have helped him to network with professionals and mothers, who have kindly offered to support his venture.  Details of his work can be found on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPyxdMdZo3A

MASTER CLASSES

Due to demand, Mark and I will be holding Master Classes in Paternal Mental Health and Listening Visits. They will be held, initially, in Mid Wales, but we have plans to expand to London and Manchester.  Please see the website for more details!

JOURNAL OF HEALTH VISITING CONFERENCE AND AWARDS

It was on route to Birmingham on Wednesday 22nd March that I heard the tragic news of the attack in Westminster, later to hear that there were police raids a few minutes from my hotel and the police were searching a property in my home county of Carmarthenshire. It all seemed too close for comfort. […]

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