Hilltown dad launches mental health campaign

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

A new dad and mums from across Northern Ireland have joined forces to launch a mental health campaign aimed at breaking down barriers of guilt, shame, loneliness, embarrassment, fear, confusion and other stigmas associated with perinatal depression and anxieties.

The campaign #TakeAMoment will encourage new parents, and indeed everyone, to prioritise their mental health.



The parents backing the campaign feature in a no holds barred short film which can be viewed at www.momenthealth.io where they share their own varied experiences of parenthood in an open, honest, often emotional, frank and very personal way.

First-time dad Liam Brogan (33) has a three-month-old daughter. He is a chartered accountant and is from Hilltown.

Liam says he now fully appreciates the rollercoaster of being a new parent. He said, “As a new dad I can fully appreciate the rollercoaster that new parents are on and it’s good to know that the Moment Health app exists to help those who may be finding everyday life as a new parent daunting.

Liam added, “I have found the app very beneficial in helping me be better informed about paternal mental health.”



With 20% of women and 10% of men experiencing symptoms of postnatal depression and associated anxieties, the campaign aims to encourage parents to download the free Moment Health app on iOS and Android and #TakeAMoment to seek the help they deserve from tracking their moods and emotions to locating services in their area and accessing a secure online community of like-minded parents.

Speaking about the launch of #TakeAMoment, Moment Health CEO and founder, Nuala Murphy, said, “I believe we have a responsibility to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of new and expectant parents and those that care for them, at home, in the workplace and across our communities.



She added, “When we do through early intervention, we have the potential to affect the mental health of future generations, so I want this campaign to assist with early intervention. I would encourage everyone to #TakeAMoment to consider their mental health and be empowered with the knowledge they need to seek help and recover.”

#TakeAMoment, download the Moment Health app free on iOS and Android. Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/moment-health/id1291754124; Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.momenthealth.app.



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