Being a dad can be the best – and most challenging – experience of your life.
Research shows that a Dad’s bond with his baby is vitally important for the development of their child’s brain and emotional wellbeing.
Yet often men don’t receive the support and advice they may need to support themselves, their partner and most importantly their new baby, before or after the baby is born. Dads can experience anxiety depression around this time.
That’s why the SA Mental Health Commission is partnering with the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle to establish SMS4dadsSA, a pilot research program which will provide expectant and new Dads with information, support and connections via online services through their mobile phones.
The free pilot SMS4dadsSA program will involve 250 men and recruitment will begin in the first quarter of 2018.
If your partner will be at least 20 weeks’ pregnant in March 2018 and you are interested in being part of the project, you are encouraged to send us your contact details here.
To participate in the program, you will need to be over 18 years old and have a mobile phone capable of receiving and sending text messages.
Early next year we will be in touch with expectant fathers with the next steps on involvement in the project.
What Dads Can Expect from SMS4dadsSA:
- Text messages with tips, information and links to other services help Dads understand and connect with their baby and support their partner.
- To hear the ‘voice’ of the baby, for example, ‘Talk to me about anything dad. Your words will help my brain development’
- Suggested actions like: ‘Find ways to tell your partner they are doing an amazing job. This is really important to them.’
- Links to online resources and prompts for Dads to monitor ways they are looking after themselves – like diet, exercise, social connection
- A three weekly check-in text to see how Dads are travelling and if they find they’re struggling linking them to specialist assistance.