Single dad at 'breaking point' reaches out for help on Facebook

Sam Hussey

A single father from regional Queensland has revealed how a simple Facebook post helped him find support in his darkest hour.

When Adam Robb’s relationship with the mother of his three-month old baby boy came crumbling down, he returned to his hometown of Moranbah to find support in family and friends.

The 29-year-old put on a brave face as he attempted to immerse himself back into a coal-mining town that had “a seriously blokey atmosphere” to it.

“I would tell everyone I’m fine,” Adam explained to Yahoo7 News.

Adam Robb holding his pride and joy, baby Corban. Source: Supplied
Adam Robb holding his pride and joy, baby Corban. Source: Supplied

But inside that couldn’t have been further from the truth.

The young dad was at breaking point and despite attempts from his sister to find the root of the problem, Adam remained closed off.

But after a conversation with his ex-partner about the future of their child, the born and bred regional Queenslander broke down in tears and reluctantly turned to social media for a helping hand.

"Never thought I'd ask this and wish I didn't have to but does anyone know any single dad groups in town? Not in a good way at the moment and would really like some help and guidance," Adam wrote on the town’s Community Noticeboard page on Facebook.

The 29-year-old found himself lost in unfamiliar territory when his relationship came crumbling down. Source: Supplied
The 29-year-old found himself lost in unfamiliar territory when his relationship came crumbling down. Source: Supplied

Just moments after he hit send, the resounding doubts Adam had about his perceived showing of “weakness” quickly dissipated.

“I didn’t want anyone thinking I was a nutter or crazy, but then the messages started coming in… It was un-bloody-believable,” the young father added.

“I thought I would come across as a wuss who couldn’t hack it but the reaction was the complete opposite to that.”

Messages of support and offers to get together quickly came rolling in.

"Geez mate ... I don't know you Adam but if you ever want to come over for a feed and a chat .. please come. Don't do this by yourself," one reply read.

The “overwhelming” online support quickly transpired into real life, including one quick visit to his local supermarket that left him fighting back tears.

“Some stranger came up to me at Coles and just shook my hand and said ‘well done’… I nearly started bloody crying,” Adam recalled.

The young dad said he is now able to sleep and enjoy himself after opening up about his problems. Source: Supplied
The young dad said he is now able to sleep and enjoy himself after opening up about his problems. Source: Supplied

Since opening up about his struggles, Adam has finally been able to get some sleep at night and some clarity about his future.

He now has a message for anyone out there going through something similar.

“It took a bit of guts but at the end of the day you can see that you’re not alone,” he said.

“The first step is reaching out to other people, get things off your chest and talk about it instead of self-destructing… you’re not alone.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health call Lifeline on 13 11 14.