Group now of­fers sup­port for men as well

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth Waterford -

JAN­INA Faulkner is one strong woman, and with the sup­port of her hus­band, they are an even stronger team.

About 30 years ago, with her first part­ner, she gave birth to her first child Keith, who was still­born. She can’t de­scribe how she got through it. “I just did,” she said.

What she does know is that she could not have done so with­out the sup­port of Sands WA.

“Some­one I knew put me in touch with Sands WA, and af­ter they did, I lived for those meet­ings,” she said.

Her hus­band Wayne has a dif­fer­ent story af­ter he and his first wife went through the heartache of mis­car­riage and found sup­port for men lack­ing.

“It was a dif­fi­cult time as we didn’t have a lot of fam­ily or friends for sup­port,” he said.

Mr Faulkner’s role at Sands WA is to open the com­mu­ni­ca­tion por­tal for men.

“Men feel they can’t talk to their mates or even part­ner be­cause they have to be the strong sup­port role,” he said.

Sands WA monthly meet­ings in­clude sup­port­ers who have gone through mis­car­riage.

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