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Dad Pad is a great free App that can be downloaded to your mobile phone or tablet.

There is useful advice on caring for your new baby as well as looking after yourself and your family.

You can also find the latest information, news and links for the services in your local area.

There is also a place to save the questions you have about caring for your new baby.

Turning Point Talking therapies

Our service provides FREE, quick and easy access to a range of psychological therapies – so you can get the help you need, when you need it.

If you are feeling down, worried, depressed, or anxious, we can help, whether that be face-to-face, over the phone or with online support.

About ICON

The idea for the ICON programme and the different interventions within it was conceived by Dr Suzanne Smith PhD following a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship to USA and Canada in 2016 which included the study of effective interventions and research into the prevention of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT).

Research suggests that some lose control when a baby’s crying becomes too much.  Some go on to shake a baby with devastating consequences.  Suzanne found that the most effective evidence-based programmes studied provide a simple message that supports parents/caregivers to cope with infant crying.

Apart from preventing AHT, most people who have ever cared for a baby appreciate some advice about how to comfort a crying baby and how to cope when it goes on for a long time.

Mental health assessments

A mental health assessment is a conversation between you and mental health professionals to help decide what kind of support you need.

You’ll need to have a mental health assessment when you go to any mental health service for help.

Information:

A mental health assessment is not a test or an exam. It is about helping you. You only have to talk about what you want to talk about. The more open and honest you are, the easier it will be to get you the right help.

What happens during a mental health assessment?

When you have a mental health assessment, you might talk to a nurse, social worker, psychologist, specialist pharmacist, psychiatrist, or a combination of these and other healthcare professionals.

Bringing someone to support you

You may be able to bring a friend or relative to support you.

Some people prefer to bring an advocate who can represent their views and interests. They can be volunteers, like mental health charity workers, or professionals, like lawyers.

If you want to know what advocacy services are available in your area, check with your local council.

What you’ll talk about in your assessment

During the assessment, you and healthcare professionals will talk about your needs.

The conversation might cover:

  • mental health symptoms and experiences
  • feelings, thoughts and actions
  • physical health and wellbeing
  • housing and financial circumstances
  • employment and training needs
  • social and family relationships
  • culture and ethnic background
  • gender and sexuality
  • use of drugs or alcohol
  • past experiences, especially of similar problems
  • your safety and other people’s
  • whether anyone depends on you, such as a child or elderly relative
  • strengths and skills, and what helps you best
  • hopes and aspirations for the future

You only have to talk about what you want to talk about but the more you’re able to share, the easier it will be to find out what will work best for you.

At the end of the assessment

When the professionals you’re talking to have all the information they need, they’ll make their assessment and explain it to you in clear language.

You should get the chance to ask questions about your condition, the diagnosis, possible causes, the treatments on offer, and how those might affect your life.

You should also be involved in making decisions about what treatments are best for you.

You can also expect to be given information to take home, so you can think about it in your own time, as well as advice on where you can find out more.

What you can do before and during the assessment

Do

  • think about who you could take with you for support and arrange for them to come along

  • make some notes about what you want to discuss before your appointment

  • tick each point off during the appointment, when they’ve been covered

  • ask as many questions as you need to about anything that is not clear

  • make sure the health professional explains things to you as many times as it takes for you to really understand it