DADS ARE A CRITICAL PART OF THE 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 the hospital with the heart child. The challenge 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 is available for this part of the HeartKids Community.
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 questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Please reach out and let us know how we can support you.