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At MultiSkills training, we are honoured to sponsor and host the Dads in Distress groups at our Geelong site. These weekly gatherings offer a lifeline to fathers navigating challenging circumstances, providing them with a safe space to share their struggles, seek support, and build connections with others who understand their journey. It gives them a beacon of hope in this distressful time of their lives.

The Dads in Distress groups provide 100% free, confidential, and non-judgemental support to dads who are going through or have gone through separation, especially from their children. What sets this initiative apart is the fact that the entire team consists of peers – fathers who have walked the same path and intimately understand the complexities and emotions that accompany such circumstances. This shared experience creates a safe and empathetic environment where fathers can find solace and strength in knowing they are not alone.

Did you know? Separation is the most significant relationship risk factor for men with some research showing nearly 3 in 10 male suicides are linked to separation. Men account for the majority of suicides, (4 in 5) linked to separation and as many as half of all separated fathers may experience thoughts of suicide. (Source: The case for a male suicide prevention strategy, 2020)

It is common for fathers in these situations to feel isolated, anxious, depressed, or even hopeless. Suicidal thoughts may also arise, particularly when the situation feels overwhelming. The Dads in Distress team, having traversed similar challenges, possesses a unique ability to empathise with these struggles and offer a listening ear, practical advice, and a sense of companionship to guide fathers through their darkest moments.

Through shared experiences, supportive discussions, and a sense of camaraderie, the Dads in Distress groups create a supportive community where fathers can find understanding, empathy, and hope. The impact of this initiative goes beyond words, offering a safe haven for men to express their vulnerabilities and seek the help they deserve.

As we continue to advocate mental health awareness and support initiatives like Dads in Distress, we invite you to join us in creating a more compassionate and understanding world. Together, we can break the stigma surrounding men’s mental health, foster empathy and connection, and provide a lifeline to those in need.

Let’s stand together to support dads in distress and make a positive difference in their lives.

If you’re a dad looking to get your life back on track by starting a new career in construction or upgrading your current one, learn more about our courses.

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