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This can result in consistently feeling sad, numb, withdrawn in the weeks and months after the birth of your baby and are good reasons to seek help via GP referral to St John of God Raphael Services.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

Call 1800 292 292 to speak to one of our friendly caregivers.

Blacktown 
36-38 First Avenue, Blacktown 

Hawkesbury 
Hawkesbury District Health Service 
1 Day Street, Windsor

Mount Druitt
The Mount Druitt Hub,
Level 1, 9 Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt

Granville
16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands

Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 02 9672 1318
Email: nsw.raphael@sjog.org.au

Ballarat
Wexford Place, 105 Webster Street, Ballarat 
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 5331 8455
Email: raphael.ballarat@sjog.org.au

Bendigo
15 MacKenzie Street, Bendigo
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 5441 3423
Email: raphael.bendigo@sjog.org.au

Berwick
57 Fairholme Boulevard
Berwick, Victoria, 3806
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 9707 0297
Email: raphael.berwick@sjog.org.au

Geelong
Lower level, 265 Ryrie Street, Geelong
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 5221 9766
Email: raphael.geelong@sjog.org.au

Torquay
Kurrambee Myraing Community Centre, 12 Merrijig Drive, Torquay
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 03 52219766
Email: raphael.geelong@sjog.org.au

Colac
Colac Maternal and Child Health Centre, 49 Queen Street, Colac
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 03 52219766
Email: raphael.geelong@sjog.org.au 

 

Wembley 
192 Cambridge Street, Wembley

Midland 
Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre 
1 Watertank Way, Midland 

Cockburn

14/11 Wentworth Parade, Success

Joondalup
Suite 2.11, Level 2, Shenton House 
57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup

Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 696 526
Email: raphael.wa@sjog.org.au 

Mailing address:
192 Cambridge Street
Wembley WA 6014