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Distressed dads find themselves a home

Volunteer Neil Peck is inviting all local men seeking help to pay a visit to the newly open Men?s Survival Centre.
Volunteer Neil Peck is inviting all local men seeking help to pay a visit to the newly open Men?s Survival Centre.



AFTER five years of operating out of founder Tony Miller's lounge room, Dads in Distress has finally got its own home.

Dads in Distress (Dids) has just opened Australia's first government-funded Men's Survival Centre, located in Coffs Harbour.

Manager of the centre and volunteer co-ordinator, Neil Peck, said the centre was manned by a dedicated team of trained volunteers offering support for men going through the trauma of relationship breakdown, separation and divorce.

"And most importantly the centre will offer suicide intervention for males at risk, as government statistics show that five males a day take their own lives in this country every day," Mr Peck said.

Dids is also seeking volunteers to answer phone calls, learn referral skills and suicide intervention skills.

"Any help we can get from local men will go a long way to improving our services," Mr Peck said.

Anyone wanting further information on becoming a volunteer should call the centre on 6652 8113.

The Men's Survival Centre is located in Mud Hut 2, Duke Street, Coffs Harbour and is open to all men from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Clients can access this service Australia wide for the cost of a local call via the centre's 1300 853 437.

For further information of the Dads in Distress program visit their website at www.dadsindistress.asn.au.



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