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Some mums and dads have more difficulties than others as they make this transition. Many dads struggle and feel very overwhelmed and stressed, and about 10% become depressed. To add to our existing range of evidence-based mental health support programs for new and expectant parents, the team at PIRI are currently working on a world-first specialised web-based treatment for depressed or anxious new fathers, DadBooster.
Depressed new fathers rarely access traditional support services, and their symptoms go largely unacknowledged and untreated. This new program will be based upon the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach of our successful MumMoodBooster treatment program for new mums. DadBooster is designed for men who are experiencing depression after the birth of a child. This program is based on years of clinical experience and controlled research about how to best reduce moderate to severe symptoms of depression. This new program is based upon the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach.
DadBooster is an active, six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy treatment program, closely comparable to the therapy delivered in traditional face-to-face psychology sessions, but entirely under the control of the user. It allows men to work through their own issues and develop strategies for dealing with these. Low-intensity SMS messages provide regular contact, advice, and encouragement to remain motivated in completing the treatment. Changes in symptoms of depression are regularly monitored throughout the program. Men can invite their partners to access a partner website with information on paternal depression and for managing their own emotional health.
Learn more about DadBooster and register your interest at www.dadspace.com.au/programs/dadbooster/