Dads in Distress – help for divorced, separated and vulnerable fathers

by Martin

in Depression in Men, Depression News

I’ve been working on an article on suicide, but I’m finding it hard to get it done.

It’s not a subject that we usually want to talk about or even think about.

But it is a subject that needs to be raised because suicides, in western countries especially, account for a significant number of deaths each year:

Just to build on that last point, almost everywhere in the west, 3 to 4 times more men die by suicide than women.

So, while I’m wrestling with my detailed piece on suicide, I wanted to raise the subject and point to a resource for a particularly vulnerable group of men, who may find this useful at a particularly trying time of year.

Dads in Distress

Dads in Distress is a support service for divorced and separated dads here in Australia.

It will be offering a special service for dads over the Holiday period.

Contact Dads in Distress on 1300 853 437 or enquiries (AT) (substitute @ for AT).

Please add details in the comment below of any similar services where you are.

Other Resources


National Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
“Crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, 24 hours per day 7 days a week across Australia”

Other Help Lines

Lifeline (National) – 13 11 14
SANE Australia Helpline (National) – 1800 187 263
Suicide Helpline (VIC) – 1300 651 251
Mensline (National) – 1300 789 978
Kids Helpline (National) – 1800 551 800

United Kingdom

The Samaritans:
Telephone helpline: 0845 790 9090
1850 60 90 90 if you are in the Republic of Ireland
Anonymous E-mail:

For Children and Youth:
Childline: 0800 1111

United States

National 24 Hour Suicide/Crisis Lines:
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)- handles both crisis and suicide calls
1-800-233-HELP (1-800-233-4357)
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
For Youth/Adolescent:1-800-448-4663
Covenant House (Adolescent): 1-800-999-9999

New Zealand

Lifeline 24 hour counselling
Lifeline 24/7 Helpline: (09) 5 222 999
Kidsline: 0800 KIDSLINE (0800 543 754)
Chinese Lifeline: 0800 888 880
Suicide Prevention Helpline: 0508 TAUTOKO (0508 828 865)


Go to the Suicide Prevention website and find your local crisis center.

Thanks to Madam Bipolar for curating much of this info.

Go to the Depression in Men main catgory page;

Go to the Depression Help home page.

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Last revised on December 7, 2012

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