Dad-proof tip: Check in on your mates

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As we ease into a new year post-holiday celebrations and the whirlwind of the festive season, take a moment to reflect.

Are there mates you haven’t heard from over this holiday period, or someone that seems off? Is there a dad who perhaps didn’t get to see his kids over the holidays, or spend time with them on Christmas? Or perhaps a mate who has recently been through a divorce?

It’s easy to get caught up in ‘life’ and  the festivities. Don’t get us wrong, this is a time to spend with family, and make time for yourself but remember to check in on your mates and loved ones too.

If you or someone else is struggling to cope, – make the call. 

We know it’s hard — maybe the hardest thing you’ve ever done but, talking to someone about their issues could be one of the most important conversations you’ll ever have. If you’re worried about someone, simply letting them know you care can make a huge difference. 

If you’ve noticed that a mate or loved one hasn’t been themselves lately, if they’re avoiding social situations, seem low or flat, or you just know something isn’t right – it might be time to check in and have a chat. 

Immediate danger 

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger: 

  • Call Emergency Services on 000;  


Lifeline Telephone Counselling 

131 114  (24 hours/day) 

Crisis telephone counselling. 

Face to face counselling when required. 

MensLine Australia 

1300 789 978  

Professional and confidential short term telephone counselling. Direct telephone linkage to services if you are in distress. 

Relevant information about services and support programs in your area. Practical support and life strategies for managing difficult situations. 

Salvation Army Care Line 

1300 36 36 22 

24 hour telephone counselling and referral service. 

24 hours telephone service providing: crisis intervention on domestic violence, child abuse, addictions, mental health, bereavement, family breakdown and suicide prevention. 

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