DADS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR HEARTKIDS COMMUNITY
Our HeartKids Dad community not only includes those Dads with children living with congenital heart disease but also our Heart Angel/Bereaved Dads.
We would like to acknowledge all the Dads around the country for the love and support you provide your families.
Often, a father’s experience of their child’s journey may be different – maybe you were separated from the family due to work or stayed at home to look after your other children, whilst mum is in hospital with the heart child. The stress of being away from your child and family, with possibly having to continue working with all this happening elsewhere can be very stressful.
Although your journey or experience may be different, it is just as significant so we have provided some areas of support that are available.
Connect on HeartKids Dad’s Facebook Support Page
Did you know that HeartKids Dads has its very own Facebook Support Page.
You can join the group and connect with other Dads who are in a similar life situation as you.
Any issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Days – Nationally October 2018 and April 2019
HeartKids is providing the opportunity to attend 2 education days this year.
In October this year we are running a national series of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Education Days. You can learn more about these dates here.
We are also holding education days specifically tailored to Fathers in April 2019 as your experiences can be different. However we need your input.
We are very interested in hearing from you to understand what topics you will find interesting and useful:
- What information would help you?
Is there a topic you would like to learn more about?
What would make you want to attend the education day?
What would make a difference to you?
Let us know by email email@example.com or have a chat with your local support team. – 1800 432 785 .
Headspace App – check it out and give yourself some Head Space!
Headspace have kindly donated some subscriptions to the HeartKids Community.
Headspace is a personal meditation guide in your pocket. It only takes a few minutes to change the rest of your day!
These subscriptions are valued at over $150 and are really good for your head too!
To Sign Up for your free subscriptions, just go to this link www.headspace.com/code and input GSHEARTKIDS1Y to get started.
Remember to reach out to our Support Team, or a trusted friend if you want to talk about your feelings.
You may be interested in reading this article developed by Compassionate Friends (QLD)
Some suggested contact numbers and websites:
Connecting with other HeartKids Dads and Bereaved Dads
There are lots of ways you can connect with other Dads who understand your experience:
Peers as Mentors – we have a few Dads around; your local support team can connect you. They often run activities such as going to the footy or meeting up for a pub meal and a chat – get involved.
Local meet ups – you can set up your own local meet up, HeartKids can help you promote your event
Share on HeartKids Dads Facebook page – if you are planning a get together and want to connect with Dad’s in your area – make sure you let HeartKids Dads know.
Support Teams are always here to support you and let you know what is happening - 1800 432 785
Reach out and let us know how we can support you.