New support group for dads dealing with break-ups

A GRAFTON police sergeant is looking to put together a new group that provides support to fathers struggling after marriage break-ups.

Chris Goodman has been working with CRANES Community Support Programs to form the group called Dads Are Important, which will hold its first meeting today between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in the Sunshine House at 10 Kemp St, Grafton.

"Too many men struggle in silence after a family break-up," Mr Goodman said. "Dads dealing with custody and access issues can have a particularly hard time with the added distress of being separated from their children.

"Studies tell us that men in these circumstances experience high levels of isolation, illness and despair."

Mr Goodman said he had to be careful not to promote his role with police in the group, but his personal experience and the knowledge he has gained would be valuable.

He said with all the discussion in the community about mental health and suicides, it was also timely to tackle the issues facing men after marriage break-up.

CRANES' Community Support Programs recognise, through their parenting workshops and community consultation, that there are many dads in the Clarence Valley dealing with their situation alone.

While many admit they don't actively seek support, the reality is that support is not always available.

The group is for dads of any age or background, and gives them the chance to share their experiences and offer each other support.

For more details contact the FRSP team at CRANES on 6642 7257 or email

More information on CRANES' Family Relationship Skills Program can be found on CRANES' website .

Light refreshments will be provided. Bookings are recommended. Unfortunately CRANES cannot provide childcare for evening programs.

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