PANDA National Helpline (Monday to Saturday) 1300 726 306

Homeget supportDads

Support for dads

Expecting a baby and being a new dad can be an exciting and challenging time. We’re here to help.

Fatherhood brings big changes

Becoming a new dad is a life-changing event. Even when change is positive, it can still be challenging. Having mixed and complex emotions as an expecting or new dad is completely normal, but these can be confronting emotions to manage.

Here you'll find useful information about fatherhood and mental wellbeing.

Jump to
Articles for expecting and new dads
Perinatal anxiety and depression in dads
Find help
Calling the PANDA Helpline
Supporting your partner
Real life stories
Mental health checklist
Articles for expecting and new dads

Find information to support the transition to parenthood

all articles
Perinatal anxiety and depression in dads

Signs and symptoms

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

We know that everyone experiences antenatal anxiety and depression differently. Learn about the emotional, behavioural, and physical signs and symptoms that you might notice.

Signs and symptoms
Find help

Getting support

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.

Learn the symptoms of perinatal depression and anxiety in dads and where you can find help.

Calling the PANDA Helpline

What can dads expect when calling the PANDA Helpline?

When you call PANDA, we’ll provide confidential space for you to talk through any concerns you may have as an expecting or new parent, or support person.

Supporting your partner

Supporting a partner struggling with their mental health

Real life stories

Stories from dads just like you

More support for dads

Mental health checklist

How are you going?

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.

Checklist for

Expecting Mums
Expecting Dads and Non-birth Parents
New Mums
New Dads and Non-birth Parents
Partners and Carers

Was this page helpful?

Please Tell us more

PANDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.

At PANDA, we embrace the power of diversity through inclusion. We strive to foster belonging and empowerment at work. We create relevant messaging and marketing for our diverse consumers. We listen and engage with our diverse communities. And we value collaboration with our diverse suppliers.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Stay in the loop

Stay up to date by subscribing to PANDA's e-newsletter. Containing personal stories, research, inspiration and more.

Get support
Expecting a babyNew ParentsGrowing FamiliesDadsLanguages other than English
Registered-charity-logoNSMHS-logo

While PANDA has exercised due care in ensuring the accuracy of the material contained on this website, the information is made available on the basis that PANDA is not providing professional advice on a particular matter. This website is not a substitute for independent professional advice. Nothing contained in this website is intended to be used as medical advice, nor should it be used as a substitute for your own health professional's advice.

Privacy policy
Structured Content powered by Sanity.io
© PANDA 2024
Structured Content powered by Sanity.io
Quick Exit Site

How are you going?

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.