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Father's Day can be tough

3rd September 2022. Reading Time: 1 minute Masculinity. 387 page views.

A day dedicated to celebrating fatherhood is extremely important, though also very difficult for many people. Father's Day can be a difficult and confronting time. Here are some tips on how to cope on Father’s Day, whether you’re a dad, step-parent, partner or family member.

On Father’s Day it’s important to remember men who:

  • Are dealing with the miscarriage, stillbirth or death of a child
  • Difficulties becoming a father
  • Dealing with becoming a blended family and working out their place in the new family
  • Those who are struggling to adjust to the new responsibilities of fatherhood
  • Men who suffer as a result of having had a difficult childhood
  • Are battling with mental ill health – this may be their own or their partner’s
  • No longer have their own dads in their lives
  • No longer have their children in their lives for whatever reason

It is important to seek help if any of the issues raised affect you or somebody in your life. But this can be particularly hard for men due to the stigma surrounding mental health. 

If you know Father’s Day is going to bring up tough emotions for yourself, a mate or a loved one, it can help to talk about it and have a self-care plan in place.

You may like to book an appointment to speak with David Nugent who is a Pychotherepist and the founder of the Heavy M.E.T.A.L Group, or if you prefer to speak with someone immediately, we recommend you call MensLine on 1300789978.  MensLine Australia is a 24/7 telephone and online  counselling service offering support for Australian men anywhere anytime. For tips on coping with Father’s Day follow this link to R U Ok? Website.

https://www.ruok.org.au/fathers-day-can-be-tough

As we mark Father’s Day, it’s important to recognize everyone for whom Father’s Day is not a cause for celebration. To everyone who has missed a hug, a phone call or kind thought on this day. The team at Heavy M.E.T.A.L know that you are there. We know you are in pain, and we want you to know we are thinking about you on this day.