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28 Jun 2022

Dads needed for research into mental health following the birth of a baby

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Dads needed for research into mental health following the birth of a baby

Are you a new dad? Have you experienced challenges or stresses around becoming a parent?

We’re looking for dads from the North East and North Cumbria to help with a piece of research that will explore fathers’ mental health and wellbeing following the birth of a new baby.

Dads who get involved will attend up to four, one-hour sessions, where they’ll be asked to share their experiences and insights around the challenges of becoming a father. We’re also really keen to hear from fathers who’ve accessed mental health support following the birth of a baby.

The project is being led by Ashleigh Watkins, a PhD researcher funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria, and based at Newcastle University.

Ashleigh said: “We’re hoping to speak to fathers who have experienced challenges or stresses within the transition to fatherhood. The dads will become research team members and their valuable contributions will help to inform the research by adding insight and interpretation relating to their own experiences. This is a great opportunity for dads to have their voice heard, as well as to develop research skills.”

What will be involved?

Dads would be asked to attend up to four, one-hour workshops or meetings (either online or face-to-face) from September 2022 alongside up to five other fathers, and contribute towards data collection or interpretation of research findings. Relevant support and guidance will be given at the start of the project.

Participants will receive a £25 voucher for each workshop.

For more information please contact Ashleigh Watkins by email a.watkins3@newcastle.ac.uk.