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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 ….

Get Support

Guaranteed 100% free, confidential and dad friendly

HELPLINE - 1300 853 437

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

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Calendar shows start times based on your device timezone setting. The facilitator will begin the meeting 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.

TIMEZONE:  All listed times for online meetings are current for Sydney, NSW.    Please adjust accordingly if you are attending from a different state.

Physical Peer-Support Groups

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NEW SOUTH WALES

 
For additional support, please contact our helpline – 1300 853 437 

or attend one of the online meetings

SYDNEY CBD
Tuesday - 7.00pm

2nd floor, 48 Chippen St, Chippendale NSW

ross.arriola@parentsbeyondbreakup.com

LIVERPOOL
Wednesday - 7.00pm

Club Liverpool (‘Jem on George’)
185 George St, Liverpool, NSW

Full details @.   www.peersupport.men

men@peersupport.men

Pete on 02 8005 0016

BOWRAL
Tuesday - 7.00pm

Bowral Bowling Club, 40 Shepherd St, Bowral, NSW 2576

Full details @   www.peersupport.men

men@peersupport.men

Pete on 02 8005 0016

FRESHWATER
Wednesday - 7:30pm

Swim Club (above sea pool), bottom of carpark off Lumsdaine Dr, Freshwater

john.ribot@parentsbeyondbreakup.com

REVESBY
Sunday - 9:00am

Revesby Workers Club (Cafe 240) 2B Brett St, Revesby NSW

Full details @   www.peersupport.men

men@peersupport.men

Pete on 02 8005 0016

FAIRFIELD
Sunday - 12:00pm

Fairlfield RSL, 14 Anzac Avenue, Fairfield, NSW

Full details @   www.peersupport.men

men@peersupport.men

Pete on 02 8005 0016

GLENFIELD
Sunday - 3:00pm

Glenquarie Town Centre, (Food Hall) Macquarie Fields, NSW 2564

Full details @   www.peersupport.men

men@peersupport.men

Pete on 02 8005 0016

CAMDEN
Sunday - 6:00pm

Camden Sports Club, 22 Cawdor Road, Camden, NSW 2570

Full details @   www.peersupport.men

men@peersupport.men

Pete on 02 8005 0016

NEWCASTLE
Tuesday - 7.00pm

Hunter Workers Union,

Suite 3 Ground Floor/406-408 King St, Newcastle West, NSW

 

rob.hoile@parentsbeyondbreakup.com

GOSFORD
Thursday - 7.00pm

Gosford Narara Community Centre

2 Pandala Rd, Narara NSW 2250

 

rob.hoile@parentsbeyondbreakup.com

QUEENSLAND

For additional support, please contact our helpline – 1300 853 437 

or attend one of the online meetings

GOLD COAST
Tuesday - 6:30pm

Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Third Ave, Palm Beach, QLD 4221

This group now meets WEEKLY. Please see the meeting calendar for dates.

VICTORIA

For support, please contact our helpline – 1300 853 437 

or attend one of the online meetings

BAYSWATER
Tuesday - 7:30pm

Glen Park Community Centre, 30 Glen Park Road, Bayswater North, 3153

Meeting is in the “hut” around the side of the main building”.

NORTH MELBOURNE
Wednesday - 5:30pm

ETU & CentreForU
200 Arden St, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Meeting is on the ground floor in main conference room. Look for the DIDS banner.

Other States and Territories

NT

Check out our “Online “Meetings” in the calendar below.

SA

Check out our “Online “Meetings” in the calendar below.

TAS

Check out our “Online “Meetings” in the calendar below.

WA

Check out our “Online “Meetings” in the calendar below.

ONLINE MEETINGS

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

  • These meetings are conducted via zoom online video conferencing

  • Calendar shows meeting open times based on your device timezone setting

  • The facilitator will begin the meeting 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

IN-PERSON GROUPS

  • Some in-person groups are currently suspended due to COVID-19

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

  • Calendar shows start times based on your device timezone setting

  • On a mobile? Click this link to view

TIMEZONE: All listed times for online meetings are for Sydney, NSW.
Please adjust accordingly if you are attending from a different state/timezone.

TIMEZONE:
All physical group meetings are listed in the local timezone for that location .

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….