Dads Information Centre
Tweddle’s Dads Information Centre features links, blogs, resources and recommended books to help dads with the important role of parenting. Conclusive research confirms that dads play a significant role in their children’s social, cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being from infancy with lasting influences on their adult lives.
Useful links & practical support
The Fathering Project – activities, research, tips, resources
Dads Online an online community for separated Dads
Mensline or phone 1300 789 978
Dads get postnatal depression too – An article by Richard Fletcher
On Being a Dad – An article about uncertainty by Leo Babuata
SMS4dads – a new project to keep in touch with dads before and after the birth through their mobile phones with tips, information and links.
Dads Group connects dads across Australia. Groups happen online, in parks and cafes depending on COVID. Check here for the current time-slots happening each week.
Dads get postnatal depression too
A review of popular parenting and mental health websites has shown how dads are often overlooked when it comes to dealing with postnatal depression. One in seven mums will suffer from depression after the birth of a child, said Dr Fletcher from the University of Newcastle. “This means that just as many fathers have a new baby, a wife or partner who is miserable and very little support,” he said. “… knowing all about postnatal depression, in general, will not help you if your baby is crying in one room, your wife is sobbing in another, and you are trying to clean up and leave for work on time. You need to know three things: how to support her, how to look after yourself and how to connect really well with your baby”
Books, Blogs Websites
In 2003, two mates Travis Garone and Luke Slattery from Melbourne were having a quiet beer when their conversation turned to where the Mo had gone and joked about bringing it back. Inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to talk their friends into growing a mo and make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer.
And with women twice as likely to visit a mental health service provider than men and one in five Australian men (2.1 million) experiencing at least one mental illness in any 12 month period, this sort of awareness is vital.
Movember’s website is a great resource for men.
The publication Fathers Matter, offers practical information for fathers on bonding with their children, everyday fatherhood, rough and tumble play and parenting after separation. Being a father is one of the most rewarding life experiences a man can have. This publication describes the rewards and benefits of choosing to be an involved father, and what that means for men and their children.
Dad’s Handbook – A guide to the first 12 months is a helpful book produced by Beyond Blue and Ngala with helpful information for new dads. Supportive, realistic and practical advice is given around the pregnancy and birth, including supports and organising time off work, handling a new baby, your baby’s brain, getting to know your baby, your relationship with your partner, postnatal depression in both parents, feeding, playing and sleep.
Beyond Blue’s Dads Handbook – a Guide to the first 12 months Beyond Blue Dads Handbook
Beyond Blue offers invaluable support and resources for dads and their partners coping with anxiety and depression. They offer 24 hours over the phone support on 1300 22 4636. They also provide web chat if you don’t feel like talking.
If you or your partner aren’t coping with parenting as well as you’d like, contact your GP who can refer you to someone to talk with. Help is available.