June 20, 2022 is International Fathers’ Mental Health Day and to help shine a light on this important topic during June and beyond, Townsville Family Life is partnering with not-for-profit organisation, Dad Groups Group, which is dedicated to changing the culture of fatherhood for the better.
What exactly does Dads Group do?
Dads. Their kids. Coffee. And maybe a playground. A simple formula that provides new fathers with the connection and support they desperately need.
Dads at Work.
Dads that do better at work, do better at home and so we’ve developed tools, resources and programs that help organisations support their employees through the transition to parenthood.
We run events that bring new fathers and families together create stronger local communities.
Research & Partnerships
We’ve partnered with some of the best organisations in Australia to develop father-friendly initiatives and training materials — that actually work.
More about our Research.
Dads Group is shifting outcomes for new families across Australia. By promoting positive parenting for men they give new Dads the support and connection they need. With an early intervention approach which provides new Fathers with positive social relationships, and easier pathways to health services if they need them.
- Decreasing risk factors associated with mental illness and suicide
- Contributing to better child development
- Increasing family wellbeing
With a better understanding of this organisation, I now take great pride in welcoming local dad (and grandad) Lee Town, Townsville Dads Group representative and clinical educator as our newest contributor…..
Dads Groups are a gathering of new fathers meeting together fortnightly with their kids, a coffee, and often a playground.
The peer-to-peer approach of Dads Groups creates an evidenced based and effective framework for support — something that is often missing from the existing fatherhood experience in Australia.
Dads Group also facilitates Man with a Pram events, In Townsville I have coordinated two events. The first event attracted 90 people.
The Townsville DG also provides an information session to parents of supports available for Dads twice per month at ante-natal classes which I love doing.
The take home messages are great Dads are those who connect with other Dads and seek support when required.