Health service in England to offer help for men whose partners experience health problems
New fathers and fathers-to-be will be offered mental health checks if their partner is suffering anxiety, psychosis or postnatal depression, NHS England has announced.
While it is well recognised that pregnant women and and new mothers can experience mental health problems, little attention has been paid to their partners.
NHS England describes this offer as a radical initiative, arguing that men should not be allowed to suffer in silence, attempting to help their partner but possibly experiencing distress of their own. The help may take the form of peer support, couples’ behavioural therapy sessions, family and parenting interventions in community perinatal mental health settings, or other talking therapies.