Support services and resources for expecting, new and experienced fathers.
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This is the Dad-specific branch of panda.org.au It includes mental health resources for expecting and new dads, info on how to support one another, and the phone support line for all parents 1300 726 306
“New and soon-to-be-dads can now receive useful messages and tips matched to their baby’s age... tips, information and links to other services to help fathers understand and connect with their baby and support their partner.”
The Suicide Call Back Service
A 24 hour, nationwide service that provides free telephone, video and online counselling. Suicide Call Back Service offers crisis support to anyone in Australia who is aged 15 years and older and:
- Is feeling suicidal
- Is worried about someone
- Is caring for someone who is feeling suicidal
- has lost someone to suicide
- Is a health professional supporting people who are affected by suicide.
Phone 1300 659 467.
This resource outlines symptoms and support options for dads supporting partners experiencing birth trauma, and for the dads navigating birth trauma themselves. Support is available, you are not alone.
"Stayin' On Track is a place for "online resources developed by Aboriginal men for Aboriginal dads." There are videos and resources about being a young dad, preparing for birth and beyond.
Run a "Dads in Distress" support service. "Parents Beyond Breakup not only supports parents experiencing trauma through family breakdown and separation but also acknowledges the specific issue of parent-child contact and custody battles commonly termed ‘parental alienation’, a factor closely linked to stress, anxiety, depression, isolation and suicide in Australia." Helpline: 1300853437
A range of resources on parenting kids of different ages and being an involved dad across various family configurations and situations. Free phone counselling 1800 041 612
"Rainbow Families is the peak organisation supporting LGBTQ+ parents and their children. As a community organisation run by LGBTQ+ families, we act as a support network for parents and carers, their children as well as future parents and carers."
SANDS Australia Have a support service for fathers who are affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. The father-specific line is1300 072 637.
Birth education for dads at the pub.
Birth and parenting prep for dads
Resources and training for "fathering excellence"
Lone Fathers Association of Australia
A national peak body of separated parents.
@DadsOfTheNICU socials and podcast
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