New Mandurah workshop to support separated fathers

Relationships Australia coordinator Mark Burrage will hold the Survival Kit for Separating Dads seminar. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.
Relationships Australia coordinator Mark Burrage will hold the Survival Kit for Separating Dads seminar. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

A Mandurah workshop has been created for fathers coping with separation in response to the demand and lack of other programs that meet this need. 

Relationships Australia coordinator Mark Burrage said a relationship breakdown was difficult to experience.

​"Separation can involve a range of intense feelings, as dads face the challenge of staying connected with their kids.

"The program will help them understand what's going on, on a psycho-educational level and learn some skills to move forward."

Mr Burrage said men faced mental illness following a marriage breakdown and, at worst, suicide. 

"The court system moves very slowly- which can be stressful,” he said. 

"The whole emotional roller-coaster and the partner being removed from the family home, which is usually the case. And the journey of trying to get your children back."

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals the amount of divorces in WA increased from 4,992 in 2015 to 5,510 in 2016, whereas every other state has seen a decline.

The seminar provides mental health strategies and offers a supportive place for fathers to navigate the process of separation. 

The next Survival Kit for Separating Dads seminar will be held on March 8 at the Lotteries House from 6.30-9pm. Contact 6164 0588 to register.