What you need to know about new dads and depression

Dr. Jen Ashton discusses the mental health challenges facing some new fathers of premature babies.
2:32 | 06/23/21

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We have Jen here with us, Dr. Jen Ashton, tracking all of the major developments, we're keeping an eye on this big number today, that personal revelation from Las Vegas raider Carl nassib, rocketing donations to the Trevor project, up 50%, since he announced he was gay. That website traffic jumping the Trevor project handles calls from lgbtq-plus people who are considering suicide. Jen, there are two medical headlines dealing with mental health that you're following today. Absolutely, and chills just looking at that number and his story, so let's look at these two headlines in the area of mental health. First of all, a study published in the journal of "Pediatrics" of new dads of premature babies, who are admitted to the NICU, it's known that parents of premature babies face higher risk of postpartum depression. However what this study found is that mom's risk of depression went down after that infant was discharged from the NICU, however dad's risk stayed elevated for one month following discharge. So, again, a potential target for intervention here, and I really like about this study is it sheds light on the dads. It's not so often, we just focus on the moms here, but dads obviously takes a toll on them as well. That study on mental health, another simpler you can do to improve your mental health is just sleep. This one was studied in the journal Jama, just reported, looking at people who were genetically programmed to be morning people versus night owls, they looked at a sleep midpoint, which is the halfway mark in our sleep, and they found for every hour behind that, so more sleep their risk of depression dropped by 23%, so, obviously, there are a lot of factors here. This is association, not cause and effect. If it's under your control to go to sleep earlier it may benefit your mental health, too. I just love this. More attention in the field of mental health which we need so desperately. This reminder as well, if you're struggling, call the national suicide prevention hot line, that number 1-800-273-8255. Or text talk to 741741. For free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All right, we'll turn now to ABC's Kyra Phillips who's in

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