01/09/2017

Mental Health Awareness: Male Post-Natal Depression

Male Post-Natal Depression is a Real & Significant Issue in UK
Ieso Digital Health Study Shows Stigma Still a Major Barrier to Men Seeking Help
·   Quarter of all dads at risk of paternal post-natal depression
·   57% say there is a stigma around male post-natal depression
·   65% of dads say it’s difficult to admit emotional health problems associated with parenting
Male post-natal depression PND is a real and significant public health issue, according to Ieso Digital Health, the UK’s leading provider of online cognitive behavioural therapy.  
To coincide with Pre and Postnatal Depression Awareness Week, which runs from 4th to 10th Sep 2017, Ieso has released the finding of an important new independent study of 2000 UK parents. The study shows that awareness and stigma are both major barriers to fathers seeking mental health support.
The postpartum period is associated with many different adjustments that can pose risks of depression for dads.  Paternal post-natal depression (PPND) can be as devastating as that suffered by women. Estimates of the prevalence of PPND in the first two months postpartum vary from 4 percent to
as high as 25 percent[1]The incidence rises to 50% for fathers whose partner suffers from PND.[2]  Symptoms of PPND include a sense of inadequacy or inability to cope, difficulty bonding with the baby, chronic fatigue, panicked thoughts, a lack of interest or motivation, and problems concentrating and making decisions.

According to Sarah Bateup, Chief Clinical Officer at Ieso Digital Health:
 “Postnatal depression (PND) is a form of depression that is more likely to affect dads (and mums) in the first year of their baby's life. It can happen gradually or all of a sudden, and can range from being relatively mild to very hard hitting.

With normal stresses associated with having a baby, a father is going to feel better when he gets some extra sleep, does a workout, or has lunch with a friend. But with post-natal depression, these things won't make him feel better. He might withdraw by working more, or by drinking more heavily to avoid what's going on at home. 

“Our study shows the majority (65%) of dads still feel uncomfortable about opening up about their emotional health due to stigma and prejudice. Therefore it’s really important that new parents, their friends and families are aware that PND exists and happens to men with no previous mental health problems too and also to be able to recognise the differences between ‘normal’ stress and symptoms of PPND.  It a dad is struggling they need to get help and support, as evidence shows the quicker they get help, the quicker the recovery.”

Ieso’s unique, breakthrough technology, is transforming mental health delivery in the UK, by providing one-to-one, evidence-based and clinically validated CBT for patients with anxiety and depression, including post-natal depression. Therapy can be accessed at a time and location convenient for the patient and is delivered through typed conversation by Ieso’s network of 500+ accredited therapists. Ieso’s method of online therapy has been clinically validated in a clinical trial published in Lancet in 2009.
Speaking about Ieso Digital Health is helping to break down the stigma associated with mental health problems, Sarah Bateup added:

Ieso offers discreet one-to-one therapy, delivered in real time using written (typed) conversation, in a secure virtual therapy room. Dads don’t have to go to a therapist’s office and they can also choose the time and location from where they access therapy. 64% of our therapy appointments happen outside office hours, which can accommodate dads who are working. They won’t experience a long waiting list either as patients are seen within 48 hours.  They can also message between sessions and re-read the therapy correspondence, keeping it fresh in their mind.”



About Ieso Digital Health
Ieso Digital Health’s unique, breakthrough technology, is transforming mental health delivery in the UK, by providing one-to-one, evidence-based and clinically validated CBT for patients with anxiety and depression.  Therapy can be accessed at a time and location convenient for the patient and is delivered through typed conversation by accredited therapists.

Innovation is at the heart of Ieso’s patient-centred approach. Ieso is continuously improving, applying AI and machine learning to enhance its therapy, ensuring best in class for patients and therapists. Ieso’s technology and innovation combines evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy, dynamic AI learning and mobile accessibility to facilitate access to the most advanced CBT therapy.  Ieso is now the UK’s largest provider of online CBT and recently launched in US.

About Sarah Bateup, Chief Clinical Officer, Ieso Digital Health
·        Chief Clinical Officer (CCO), responsible for directing Ieso’s clinical strategy and operations in both the UK and US. Sarah is a highly accomplished CBT expert with vast experience in service excellence, quality management, patient care as well as overseeing and managing Ieso’s network of 500+ licensed therapists, the largest in Europe. 
·        As a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) CBT therapist Sarah Bateup has delivered 27,000 hours of cognitive behavioural therapy over the last 28 years.
·        Sarah joined Ieso in 2011, being appointed as the company’s Clinical Lead responsible for Ieso’s therapist network who deliver cognitive behavioural therapy online. Ieso therapists treat psychological disorders including anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.
·        She has recently launched a randomised controlled trial working with patients referred by their GP, and building on an earlier study published in The Lancet which demonstrated that Ieso’s method of providing therapy via written conversation is effective. Clinical recovery rates are just as good as face-to-face therapy services, the study found, but fewer sessions are needed to reach recovery.

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