'Dads in Distress' is a national support group for dads experiencing separation

Support is available by phone, LiveChat, email, through our online forum, checklist and in person at the locations listed below

Everything we do is 100% free, male friendly and confidential; everyone you'll talk with is a volunteer and a peer who's been through it themselves


About our Groups and Mentors

Groups meet regularly in locations across Australia. There's no need to book, prepare or pay anything. Just find one from the map and list below, and turn up. It's that simple but there is a check in at the beginning so it pays to be a bit early. Take a look at the video above to get an idea of what happens at a typical group.

Mentors are a bit different. They are volunteers who meet you locally, in person, and need to be booked through our helpline. Like groups, our mentor support is free.

Click quick links below to view all locations by state, or scroll down to view manually

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra (Mentor)

Status: Opens Oct'19

Have some time to help others, or can offer us the use of a venue?

Let us know here

New South Wales

Sydney CBD (Group)

Status: Operational

Every Tuesday at 7.00 pm

2nd floor, 48 Chippen Street, Sydney, NSW 2008

Metered parking outside and free parking in adjoining streets

Pendle Hill (Group)

Status: Operational

Every Monday at 7pm

25 Magowar Road, Pendle Hill, NSW 2145

Free parking on street outside

Newcastle (Group)

Status: Operational

Every Wednesday at 7.30 pm

Tighes Hill Public School, 33 Elizabeth St, Tighes Hill, NSW 2297

Limited free parking outside on road

Liverpool (Group)

Status: Operational

Every Thursday at 7pm

St Luke’s Anglican Church Meeting Room, 156 Northumberland St, Liverpool, NSW 2170

Free parking outside venue

Hornsby (Group)

Status: Operational

Every Wednesday at 7pm

St Peters Anglican Church, 207 Peats Ferry Road Hornsby NSW 2077

Free parking outside venue

Freshwater (Group)

Status: Operational

Every Wednesday at 7.30pm

Swim Club (above sea pool), bottom of carpark off Lumsdaine Rd, Freshwater, NSW 2096

Free parking outside venue

Coffs Harbour (Group)

Status: Operational

Every Tuesday at 6.30pm

The Community Village, 22 Earl Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Free parking outside

Dubbo (Mentor)

Status: Opens Oct'19

Wollongong (Mentor)

Status: Opens Oct'19

Campbelltown (Group)

Status: Opens Oct'19

Bega (Mentor)

Status: Operational

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Have some time to help others, or can offer us the use of a venue?

Let us know here

Northern Territory

Alice Springs (Mentor)

Starting Sep-Oct 2019

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Katherine (Mentor)

Starting Sep-Oct 2019

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Have some time to help others, or can offer us the use of a venue?

Let us know here

Queensland

Logan (Group)

Every Thursday at 6.30pm

The Family Place, 35A North Road, Woodridge, QLD 4114

Free parking outside venue

Gold Coast (Group)

Every Tuesday at 6.30 pm

Palm Beach Family Support, 16 Third Ave, Palm Beach QLD 4221

Free parking on street outside venue

Cairns (Mentor)

Starting Sep-Oct 2019

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Townsville (Mentor)

Starting Sep-Oct 2019

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Have some time to help others, or can offer us the use of a venue?

Let us know here

South Australia

Adelaide (Mentor)

Starting Aug-Sep 2019

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Have some time to help others, or can offer us the use of a venue?

Let us know here

Tasmania

Launceston (Mentor)

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Hobart (Group)

Every Wednesday at 6.30pm

Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point TAS 7004

Paid parking on road outside

Have some time to help others, or can offer us the use of a venue?

Let us know here

Victoria

Bendigo (Mentor)

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Frankston (Group)

Every Wednesday at 7.30pm

16 Orwil St, Frankston VIC 3199

Free parking outside on street

St Kilda (Group)

Every Monday at 7.30pm

200 Alma Rd, St Kilda East VIC 3183

Limited free parking outside venue

St Albans (Group)

Every Monday at 7.30pm

Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Rd, St Albans, VIC 3021

Free parking outside venue

Bayswater (Group)

Every Tuesday at 7.30pm

30 Glen Park Rd, Bayswater North VIC 3153

Free parking outside venue

Ballarat (Mentor)

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Geelong (Mentor)

Starting Aug-Sep 2019

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Have some time to help others, or can offer us the use of a venue?

Let us know here

Western Australia

East Perth (Group)

Every Tuesday at 7pm

St Bartholomew’s House, 7 Lime Street, East Perth, WA 6004

Free parking outside

Rockingham (Group)

Starting Jul-Aug 2019

Rockingham Centre, 1 Council Ave, Rockingham WA 6168

Free parking outside

Hillarys (Group)

Starting Sep-Oct 2019

Hillarys Yacht Club, 65 Northside Dr, Hillarys WA 6025

Free parking outside

Bunbury (Mentor)

Starting Jul-Aug 2019

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Albany (Mentor)

Starting Sep-Oct 2019

Contact helpline to arrange a one to one meeting with our local mentor

Have some time to help others, or can offer us the use of a venue?

Let us know here