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Getting help: Support for expecting and new dads

PANDA supports dads when they need it most - building a solid foundation of care for the whole family unit.

Dad worried

It's common for dads to experience some challenges adjusting to parenthood - whether it's your first child or subsequent children. It can also feel hard to know how you can best help and support your partner.

Dads can experience anxiety and depression symptoms during pregnancy and after their baby is born too.

Signs and symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression in dads

Help’s available if you’re having a hard time.

Men can find it more difficult to reach out for help and support due to feelings of shame, cultural stigma, and other barriers to receiving mental health support.

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Seeking support

You might like to try:

  • Speaking with your partner and sharing how you are feeling
  • Talk to a trusted friend or family member, especially if that person has experienced mental health issues
  • Your GP is an excellent starting point, and they can refer you to a psychologist or counsellor who has experience in supporting new dads
  • If you are having suicidal thoughts or are feeling distressed or disoriented it’s important to get help immediately. Call the PANDA Helpline (Monday to Friday 9am - 7.30pm, Saturday 9am - 4pm AEST) or Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7)

PANDA’s Helpline

If you’re not ready to speak to your partner, family, or friends, PANDA’s Helpline can help. Almost 1 in 10 callers to our Helpline are men. We have male telephone counsellors available if you’d prefer to speak to another bloke about what’s going on.

If you are in any doubt, call the PANDA National Helpline. We’ll listen, support you, and help you access supports specifically designed for the wellbeing of expecting and new dads.

“TAKING THAT PHONE CALL WAS MY FIRST STEP ON A PATH TOWARDS FEELING BETTER”

Nick
PANDA National Helpline

Find someone to talk to, Monday to Saturday.

1300 726 306

Call 000 for police and ambulance if you or someone else are in immediate danger

Talk with friends or family

Consider talking about how you are feeling with someone you trust. This might be a friend or family member. Once you starting talking you might be surprised at how many others have had similar experiences and the support they can provide you.

Talk with your doctor

Talking with your doctor can be an important step to getting the help you need. They should be able to give you non-judgemental support, assessment, diagnosis, and ongoing care and treatment. They can also refer you to specialists such as a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Get help now

If you are having suicidal thoughts or are feeling disorientated it’s important to get help immediately. PANDA is not a crisis service, if you need immediate support call Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7).

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Everyone’s experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting is unique and brings different rewards and challenges. Our mental health checklist can help you to see if what you’re experiencing or observing in a loved one could be reason to seek help.

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Everyone’s experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting is unique and brings different rewards and challenges. Our mental health checklist can help you to see if what you’re experiencing or observing in a loved one could be a reason to seek help.