Support for new dads

If you're struggling as a new dad, take action now to build a strong bond with your baby so you and your family can thrive. Raphael Services offers free support for dads, mums and families.

A partner's pregnancy and early parenthood can be an exciting time but it also brings new responsibilities and unexpected challenges along the way, such as traumatic birth or a baby with health problems.

As a dad, you may be unprepared for the changes a baby can have on your life, such as sleep deprivation, less time to spend with mates and reduced quality time with your partner.

Having a baby can even bring up long unresolved issues from the past that bubble to the surface with all new emotion of becoming a parent.

In addition, new dads can sometimes feel added pressure to be the 'provider' for the new family.

This can result in consistently feeling sad, numb, withdrawn in the weeks and months after the birth of your baby and are good reasons to seek help via GP referral to St John of God Raphael Services.

Finding the words to ask for help

Postnatal depression and anxiety in new dads are more common than you think, with current statistics showing one in 10 have difficulty coping after their partner has a baby.

It can be really hard for anyone, but sometimes especially for men to ask for help. While you might be worried that people may think you aren't coping, seeking support if you are struggling is a sign of strength - of taking action so these feelings don't get in the way of development of a strong, lifelong bond between you and your child.

Finding the words to explain how you feel and learning some strategies to deal with them is the first step.

How we can help you

Our support services can assist and benefit you in a number of ways:

  • by helping you understand your symptoms and feel more in control
  • through holistic, patient-centred therapies to treat perinatal depression and anxiety in men as well as women
  • by equipping you and your family with the tools you need to strengthen your relationships and return to an active, healthy and rewarding life.

These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require you to fully participate in necessary care and management. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether treatment is suitable for you. 

Ready to take the next step

Getting help early is the key to bonding well with your baby and moving towards a more enjoyable and fulfilling parenting experience. The first step is to see your GP who can develop a Mental Health Care Plan and refer you to  the service closest to you.

St John of God Raphael Services provides free or no out-of-pocket personalised counselling and support for mums, dads and families through the emotional challenges of pregnancy and early parenthood. As part of our comprehensive assessment we talk to clients about their current and past mental health.

Client stories and news

Read our client stories and blog articles written by our trusted experts to find out more about the support we offer. 

Where we offer these services

36-38 First Avenue, Blacktown 
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday 

Balance Medical Centre 
16 Ferguson Road, Springwood 
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday

Hawkesbury District Health Service 
1 Day Street, Windsor 
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday and Thursday

Mount Druitt
The Mount Druitt Hub,
Level 1, 9 Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt 
Hours: 08:30am - 4:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday 

Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 02 9672 1318

Wexford Place, 105 Webster Street, Ballarat 
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 5331 8455
Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday  

13 Helm Street, Kangaroo Flat
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (08) 9868 6117
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Monday to Friday

57 Fairholme Boulevard
Berwick, Victoria, 3806
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 9707 0297
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday

Lower level, 265 Ryrie Street, Geelong
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 5221 9766
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Kurrambee Myraing Community Centre, 12 Merrijig Drive, Torquay
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 03 52219766
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday

Colac Maternal and Child Health Centre, 49 Queen Street, Colac
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 03 52219766
Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm every second Friday


192 Cambridge Street, Wembley
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre 
1 Watertank Way, Midland 
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday


14/11 Wentworth Parade, Success
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suite 2.11, Level 2, Shenton House 
57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup
Hours: 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday

Tel: 1800 292 292

Fax: 1800 696 526

Mailing address:
192 Cambridge Street
Wembley WA 6014