As part of our Small Talk project, we worked with a group of parents to create a series of videos exploring the experiences of lone parents through pregnancy and the early years.
Current research shows that approximately 1 in 5 mothers and at least 1 in 10 fathers experience poor mental health during this time. We also know that lone parents are more likely to experience anxiety but that peer groups can greatly reduce feelings of isolation which can perpetuate the anxiety parents feel.
The video series was developed by 11 parents who came together co-write and film this two-part video series. The drama tells stories shared by the parents about pregnancy, birth and the early years with their children. The documentary shares the stories of the parents alongside the organisations that have provided support to them.
We hope these can help reduce the stigma single parents feel when finding their mental health a challenge, which can prevent them from seeking and accessing support. We want any single parents who watch these films to be encouraged to join a local parents’ group and benefit from the support they offer.
The Small Talk project is delivered in partnership with six partner organisations who helped make these films possible and whose support services are highlighted in the documentary-style film. The partner organisations are: Amma Birth Companions, Dads Rock, Govan HELP (with the NSPCC Together for Childhood project in Govan), One Parent Families Scotland, Mind Mosaic, and the Young Parents Support Base at Smithycroft Secondary School.
We would also like to thank the Glasgow Sling Library for taking part in the filming process.