Support options

Circle of Chairs

Attend a local support group

Meet other dads (mums) who have an are experiencing complex family breakdown. Free of charge, no need to book, no preparation needed. Just turn up. No need to take part, just sit back and observe until you're comfortable joining in. Locations and times are listed in the calendar on our home page and in the Dads in Distress and Mums in Distress pages.

DIDs Mentors


In some locations, we have mentors who can meet and help you on a personal, one to one basis. Mentors are listed here for dads and here for mums. Call or email the helpline to arrange a meeting with a mentor local to you.

DIDs Telephone


Call our helpline on 1300 853437 or +61 2 6652 8113. The helpline operates 09.00 - 17.00 AEST (Sydney/Melbourne timezone), Monday to Saturday. If our operators are busy on other calls, leave a voicemail and we will always call you back.

DIDs Livechat


If you prefer to chat online, in real time, try our LiveChat. Click here to get a chat started now. Please note, LiveChat operates at various times when volunteers are available.

Email us This email address is for support only. If you are contacting us for non support matters, please refer to our contact page.

Separation Checklist

Separation Checklist

Two decades of experience has led us to learn a little about the kind of things you need to know day one; here's that list.

Dads online forum

Online forum (dads only)

Free to join and secure. Completely separate from all social media and you have the ability to post anonymously. No need for a mobile app as our forum works very well through all browsers, including mobile. Visit / join our forum here.