Men's sheds benefit from govt help
MEN’S sheds will benefit to the tune of $3million from the first ever National Male Health Policy.
The $16.7million policy includes this sum for the Australian Men’s Shed Association.
Nambucca has had a men’s shed for some years and the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed opened in February this year at 22/24 Marcia Street.
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The new policy and particularly the support for men’s sheds have been welcomed by depression initiative beyondblue and its chief executive officer Leonie Young.
“It is well known that men tend to be less vigilant about their health than women,” Ms Young said.
“Men are less likely to talk about their health or seek help for health problems. This is particularly true of mental health; with a long culture of stoicism, toughing it out and a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude.
“We know from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and beyondblue’s community research that one in eight Australian men will experience depression and one in five will experience an anxiety disorder, yet few seek help.
“Depression and anxiety are illnesses, not a weakness and help is available. With the right treatment, most people recover.
“Community-based men’s sheds are social venues where men can gather in a safe and supported environment that encourages discussion and the sharing of information.
“By providing a beyondblue men’s shed kit and depression awareness training programs, beyondblue and AMSA have provided an effective means to promote healthy living, access information and reduce isolation and loneliness – key risk factors for depression.”