Support for new dads

Becoming a new dad is an exciting time in your life. But for some, adjusting to parenthood can be challenging.

You may feel worried and anxious about being a dad, striking a balance between work and home life, and whether you will be good enough. Feeling anxious or worried, just like new mums, is perfectly normal.

These days, we’re better at recognising and treating post-natal depression in mothers, but we’ve got some way to go when it comes to supporting dads who aren’t feeling as happy as they thought they would about fatherhood.

When mental health organisation Beyond Blue surveyed 1500 men in 2015, a quarter of them said only mothers could get post-natal depression. While it is true men are less likely than women to become depressed after the birth of a baby, many men still experience post-natal depression.

The positive news is that you are not alone.

There is support available and it’s never too late to learn new ways to tackle the fears and challenges of parenthood.

Beyond Blue provides tips, resources and videos on becoming a dad, facing new dad fears, and the Dad’s survival guide. Check out their four-part web series, Dadvice, as they follow a group of new dads on their journey into fatherhood.

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. Ask a question via email at support@panda.org.au or ring the national helpline on 1300 726 306 from 9am – 7.30pm Mon – Fri (AEST/AEDT).

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program offers free programs to all Queensland parents and carers of children under 16.

The online Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is convenient for busy parents.

And for those Dads who may be worried (even if they shouldn’t’ be) that group sessions are more for mums, the online program offers just as many practical tips and strategies but in a more introvert -friendly format!

Doing a free Triple P – Positive Parenting Program (link) can help you and your children. As you’d expect, it helps you respond calmly and consistently to challenging behaviour. But it also gives you practical strategies to help you enjoy being parents, be more confident in your parenting skills, and more able to problem solve.

Also check out our dad article and read more tips on being a dad.

Published — 16 August 2019 Last updated — 16 August 2019

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