SMS4dads support service secures regional rollout

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Building on an impressive trajectory of parental intervention, the unique SMS4dads service has been successful in securing more than $2.5 million to support new fathers in rural and remote areas of Australia.

Close up of male hands texting on phone

SMS4dads engages and connects with men as they transition to fatherhood, delivering texts linked to online resources addressing father-infant and father-partner relationships and regularly checking on their wellbeing and mental health. SMS4dads addresses the lack of information for new fathers in rural areas and the difficulty accessing parenting and mental health services outside of the major cities.

The project will target all fathers living outside the capital cities but will provide additional resources for three underserviced population groups: partners of new mothers with mental illness; young Indigenous fathers; and fathers whose partners have miscarried or where the infant has died.

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