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Former senator John Madigan, champion of family law reform, died today at age 53

It was with immense sadness that we heard that John Madigan, former independent senator passed away after a long illness. John was a fierce defender, and perhaps one of the most fervent, of all those that had suffered at the hands of family breakdown. More than once we’ve accompanied John in Parliament House to speak …

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Dads in Distress (PBB) wins AMHF national award for its Virtual Veranda

From the Australian Men’s Health Forum website: “The Significant Response to COVID-19 champions any individual, group or program that has responded effectively to the impact of COVID-19 on the lives and health of men and boys. Dads In Distress support groups began life on a verandah in Coffs Harbour. Now run by Parents Beyond Breakup (PBB), …

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In memory of Garry Couper, DIDs volunteer

It’s been a sad week for the family support sector. On Tue 16th we lost former Senator John Madigan and today we’ve heard that a Victoria based dad that was working towards opening a DIDs group in Wonthaggi, passed the next day; Wed 17th June. Details have yet to emerge. For those that attend our support groups …

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Interview with Glen Poole

Glen Poole is the founder of Stop Male Suicide, CEO of the Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF), co-founder of Men and Boys Coalition in the UK, and a board member at Parents Beyond Breakup. Here’s a great interview with Glen about his work supporting men’s mental health, suicide prevention and some key learnings from the …

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Australia has a suicide problem (ABC)

Interesting article on ABC this morning. Yes, Australia has a suicide issue. We know, because we’re at the front line dealing with it. Here’s an insight not covered. We know who does it. We know how they do it. We’re not so good at understanding why, or what to do about it. Not knowing (or …

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Long time between hugs for separated families

Charity, Parents Beyond Breakup, Chair Brendan Blomeley, writes in the Hobart Mercury (full subscriber article): In recent days, we have watched with heartfelt concern for our friends and family on the other side of Bass Strait, as many of them return to strict Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. While necessary, these measures have come at …

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Important DIDs & MIDs service changes due to COVID19

It is with a heavy heart that we are, once more, temporarily suspending in-person groups across all states except for Queensland. All other support service remain open and operating as normal, these include: In-person weekly dad support groups in Queensland (currently, Gold Coast) Regular online support groups for dads and for mums Telephone helpline 1300 853437 (Mon-Sat, …

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The DIDs ‘Dad Survey’ and 55 book give away

Click here to take the survey We’re running a quick ‘dad’ survey ahead of Fathers Day. It’s specifically for and about separated dads.  It’s short, it only takes a few moments to complete and, if helping us to keep more dads alive doesn’t do it for you, the 55 books we’re giving away in a …

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PBB’s Pete Nicholls interview with The Family Law Project

Interview between Family Law Project and Pete Nicholls, CEO of Parents Beyond Breakup (Dads in Distress). Discussion covers a little about Dads in Distress, how the service operates, insights into male suicide, working with men and the forthcoming Fathers Day Report being launched this Sunday, 6th September 2020 – DIDs 21st Anniversary.