Preston man reveals how Dadsnet in Lancashire gave him hope after he became a single parent

Aaron Bedford, of Ashton, talks about how Dadsnet helped him through his dark days after splitting up with the mother of his child.

Thursday, 1st August 2019, 1:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st August 2019, 2:44 pm
Aaron Bedford (left) with Graham Sims, leader of Lancashire's Dadsnet

Breaking up with the mother of his child was a horrible experience for Aaron Bedford.

As he felt he was losing his son, the 25-year-old sunk into a deep depression and things took a dark turn in February when he tried to end it all.

But with the support of his peers at Dadsnet, he is moving forward and feels more positive about himself.

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Aaron, of Ashton, says: “I first joined Dadsnet last April after I split up with my little boy’s mum, as I needed some advice and support.

“But in February, I had a breakdown and attempted suicide. I was not in a good place at all.

“I had to take time off work and I left my job. I had friends, but I pushed them away.

“I knew I needed to get out and do something. I needed to stop locking myself in my room.

“Luckily the guys from Dadsnet were there to listen to me. I went through the NHS crisis team, but it was the guys at Dadsnet and people like Graham who gave up their own time that helped me massively.

“So I joined Kickabout. The guys really understood what I was going through. Some of my friends aren’t parents and don’t understand how difficult it is to be a single dad.

“But it is easier with support. Going to football sessions was a way of getting out of the house. If I had stayed in, I would have got worse.”

Aaron adds the group is a great way to socialise and gain solidarity.

He says: “The group is mixed. Some men are still with their partners and a few are single dads.

“It is a great place to get support and advice and to vent. It is a safe place where anyone can say what is on their mind.

“When you become a parent you can become quite isolated as you go into your own family.

“There is definitely a need for this group. It’s quite common knowledge that men are closed off and don’t talk about stuff much.

“Dadsnet is a great place where we can be ourselves and talk about things.”

For more information or to join, visit www.facebook.com/groups/TheDadsnetLancashire/ or www.thedadsnet.com