NICU Mental Health Awareness Week
April 15-19, 2019 is NICU Mental Health Awareness Week!
Family members of critically ill patients frequently experience an increased incidence of physical and mental health issues. The NICU is certainly an incredibly stressful time for families, so supporting the physical and emotional health of parents and family members is incredibly important if there is a desire to help improve a parents' physical and psychosocial health.
Patient+Family Care knows and understands how important it is to encourage families to practice self-care during the NICU journey, but also fully acknowledges that the acts of self-care are much easier said than done!
In response to witnessing so many families experiencing postpartum depression, overwhelming stress, post traumatic stress disorder and pure exhaustion during their child's neonatal hospitalization, Patient+Family Care developed a fun, unique and creative way for staff to help encourage families to participate in positive and healthy habits.
NICU Parent Bingo is an easy way for parents to play a friendly game while simultaneously taking care of themselves. We recommend that units provide a reward for parents who complete a traditional bingo run and when they complete their entire card. What better way to provide an incentive for a new mom or dad (or grandparent, sibling, friend, etc.) to focus on their own health so that they can be the healthiest versions of themselves, which in turn will provide a more stable and nurturing environment for their baby to grown and thrive in.