Parent mentors required to support young parents with low mood
Are you interested in supporting young parents? The AADAPT study aims to see whether a new way to support parents aged 16-24 years who are experiencing low mood and stress is helpful. We would like to see whether an online package of information and activities, supported by volunteer parents who were previously young parents themselves (Parent Buddies) is more helpful than a control group. Could you be a Parent Buddy and help young parents with the support package?
You will receive online training from the team about being a Parent Buddy and develop skills that will help you support young parents who are experiencing low mood and are working through an online support package (called AADAPT Online). The training for Parent Buddies will all take place online; this will be roughly 10 hours of small group work and 7 hours of homework activities.
If you and the AADAPT team are happy that you are ready, you’ll be able to support one or two Mentees at a time through AADAPT Online by making regular contact with your Mentee using Teams and/or Messenger function on the Trial Deck platform for up to 10 weeks. The sessions might vary in length, from 10-20 minutes, depending on how your Mentee chooses to chat with you.
You will continue to be supported by the research team throughout the study and will attend regular online group supervision sessions.
You will be reimbursed for you time spent completing the training sessions, homework activities and for the sessions of support provided to your mentee.
We are looking for
Parents who are 24 – 35 years who had their first child under the age of 25 years and have experienced low mood at some point whilst being a parent (does not have to have been formally diagnosed).
You will be reimbursed for undertaking training and for each session of support provided to a mentee.