In 2019, we were commissioned by PATH* to develop 3 five minute films for an exciting new immersive virtual reality (VR) training resource for healthcare professionals working with families in the antenatal and postnatal period - collectively known as the perinatal period.
These films have been developed from the original live performance of Cracking which toured to theatre venues and community spaces in 2019/20 and was part of a wider Alright Mate? project to create spaces for communities to talk about men’s mental health in early parenthood.
We are really excited to be adapting this work to create an immersive training experience that will help practitioners reflect on their clinical practice. Filming had been delayed due to Covid but in collaboration with PATH partners the Institute of health Visiting (iHV) and Bournemouth University, these VR resources will soon be ready for training healthcare professionals to respond to the perinatal mental health needs of dads and partners.
*PATH is a newly EU-funded project working with partner organisations across the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. It seeks to promote positive parenting experiences by raising awareness of perinatalmental illness amongst parents, employers and healthcare professionals and creating resources and training to better support parents and promote recovery.