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Free help for separated dads. 100% no catch. We are dads, helping dads.
Keeping dads alive and in their kids lives since 1999.

About Dads in Distress

Dads In Distress supports Dads experiencing trauma through family breakdown and separation anxiety. We also acknowledges the specific issue of father-child contact and custody battles commonly termed ‘parental alienation’, a factor closely linked to stress, separation anxiety, depression, isolation and suicide in Australia.

Every child deserves to have a relationship with both of their parents ….

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Guaranteed 100% free, confidential and dad friendly

HELPLINE - 1300 853 437

National support line, Monday to Saturday, 8:30am-5pm AEST (closed Sunday)

ONLINE MEETINGS

  • All dads regardless of location are welcome to join any online meetings

  • These meetings are conducted via zoom online video conferencing

  • The meeting will begin 10 minutes after the time shown. Please use this 10 minutes to follow the sign-in instructions that are displayed in the ZOOM waiting room.

  • Late entry not permitted after this 10 minute window.

  • On a mobile? Click this link to view

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IN-PERSON GROUPS

  • All dads are welcome to join in-person groups

  • No need to book. Just turn up!

  • All meetings are FREE

  • These groups meet at local venues, typically once per week

  • On a mobile? Click this link to view



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Other States and Territories

NT

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SA

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TAS

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WA

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About Dads in Distress

Parents Beyond Breakup not only support parents experiencing trauma through family breakdown and separation anxiety but also acknowledge the specific issue of parent-child contact and custody battles commonly termed ‘parental alienation’ a factor closely linked to stress, separation anxiety , depression, isolation and suicide in Australia.Every child deserves to have a relationship with both of their parents ….

Every second weekend

2010 Tropfest Australia Finalist film (6min 9secs)

Steve, one of our dads talks about his experience with DIDs

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Support Helpline

National support line, call 1300 853 437, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday), 08:30-17:00 AET

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24/7 Online Chat & Forum

Jump on to our Virtual Verandah, a private online platform allowing you to get & give help to dads nation-wide. Operates via browser or mobile app.

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Online Support Meetings

Talk live with dads just like you across Australia. Check the calendar, select the meeting, check the start time, then use the link for that day to join at the start time.

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In-person Support Groups

Some community based groups are active now! But some are still temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. See calendar.

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Separation Checklist

Where to start? What are all the things you wish you knew about now, but that you might not think about before it’s too late? Here’s a good place to start.

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External Support Links

A bunch of links to services most dads we support would probably want to know about.

Father's Day Report

This is a reports on separating dads and the issue of suicide.

Click here to view our report

In this first report, we look at trust and its impact on dads getting help.

Also, how well are we performing as a suicide prevention support service….