In times of crisis, even the strongest dads need support. At times like this, they feel like they need to be the Pillar of Strength. No matter how tough you are, some things you just can’t do on your own. Pillars of Strength is here for dads so they can support their families. Pillars of Strength is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing “Time Out” and “In Hospital Support” programs for dads while their baby is ill and to bereaved dads after the loss of their infant child. We are committed to finding ways to provide practical assistance as well as much needed peer support for dads in times of crisis so they can be there for their immediate family, particularly the baby’s mum.
Even before you begin looking around our website to find out what you want to know, we’re happy to let you cut to the chase. If you’ve got any questions at all – as a dad or someone who wants to help a dad they care about – just drop us a note here.
Equally if you would like to share your experiences or offer some support, we’d love to hear from you. We promise we’ll get back to you asap.
Often Fathers suffer as much as Mothers but there seems to be more support geared towards mothers, with the father just 'soldiering on' It could be hard as men generally don't say much (some do, but a lot won't, especially talking I found it hard to talk to friends and family about what I as feeling. I found it easier to talk to someone that knew how you were feeling. There is not a lot of support out there directed solely at men.
My bub spent 2 weeks in NICU and I count my blessings every day that she survived. My husband spent that time running between our dog and older child at home, me seriously ill in the maternity ward, and our baby critically ill in NICU. I was offered so much support, but no one seemed to know how to support him. This is so needed and overdue. a Mum
Since we have established this program as a pilot in RNSH NICU we have seen the benefits of it for the dads - and the mums. A dad is now easily and non-confrontationally able to ask for support, through asking his mate to come with him to a game or event provided by PoS. This informal support facilitates timely and relevant social and emotional support.
This welcomed distraction and emotional support pays dividends for the wife and family as the dads return energised and with a new lease on life. And mums are able to direct their husbands to take a break from domestic concerns and encourage them to emotionally recharge. This strengthens the husbands and the wife knows that the reprieve will enable her pillar of strength to continue to support her and the family. RNSH NICU Nurse
Every Day 6 babies are stillborn
Every Day 3 infants lose their fight for life
Every Day around 120 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery
In the ensuing crisis a vast number of parental relationships break down
PO Box 1092
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
ABN: 19 152 298 934 | CFN: 22064
Pillars of Strength provides respite and support to dads facing significant family trauma. It gives dads the opportunity to access events for a bit of “time out” and it delivers practical assistance for dads throughout these periods of intense distress.
Pillars of Strength aims to provide funding and other support to reduce immediate stressors by helping to meet day to day expenses for families during times of their child’s severe illness or even loss of life during prolonged hospitalisation.
From small beginnings our programs are rapidly expanding but we can only move as quickly as our support will allow.And there’s more than one way for you to lend a hand. And every little bit counts and whatever you can do is truly appreciated.
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