A free conference to help empower single parent families is taking place next week. Organised by the Auckland Single Parent’s Trust the daylong conference will cover two themes: Single Parents You’re Brilliant and Lose the Labels. ‘‘The stigma placed on single parents is incorrect and the shaming and discrimination needs to stop,’’ a trust spokesperson says. ‘‘It not only keeps single parents from being confident and believing in themselves, it causes terrible heartache, depression and suicide for both the single parent and children.’’ The conference will provide information for single parents in family court issues, child support, WINZ and CYF. Childcare has been arranged in a separate hall for parents who need to bring children. The conference is November 2 at Kelston Community Centre, 135 Awaroa Rd, Sunnyvale. Visit singleparents conference.org.nz for more information.