Postnatal depression: Call for new fathers to be screened

Postnatal depression: Call for new fathers to be screened

All new fathers should be screened for signs of postnatal depression, a mental health campaigner has said. Mark Williams, of Bridgend-based charity Fathers Reaching Out, wants greater recognition of the effects of difficult or traumatic births on men. He called for fathers to have the same mental health checks as mothers. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said there were no plans to change its guidelines on the issue. Currently, all new mothers' well-being is gauged using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, a questionnaire which asks women to assess their mental state. Mr Williams, who set up...

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