TAFE Western Counsellor and Psychologist Rachael Buckerfield made a special presentation to members of the Orange Men’s Shed yesterday in recognition of their help during Mental Health Month.
“Members of the Orange Men’s Shed volunteered their time and trucks to help deliver our Mental Health Month elephants around town so we wanted to show our appreciation and support their organisation by raising some money for them,” Ms Buckerfield said.
“At our Mental Health Month barbecue we collected small donations and I had great pleasure in presenting member Hugh Laird with $70.25, which he said would be put to good use and allow the men’s shed to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of our male community members.”
Ms Buckerfield said historically there had been little encouragement for men to take an interest in their health and wellbeing and to talk openly about their feelings and emotions. She believes the men’s sheds are helping buck this trend.
“Healthy wellbeing is based on many factors including self-esteem, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting to friends and maintaining an active body and mind,” she said.
“Becoming a member of a men’s shed gives men that safe and busy environment where they can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.
“The Orange Men’s Shed provides this space for men of all ages, who are looking for support and companionship. Members spend their days enjoying each other’s company, having morning tea and working on projects for themselves or other people.
“Things like restoring furniture, making toys and repairing broken items all make a difference and the atmosphere of mateship was apparent at yesterday’s handover.”
Anyone wanting to join a men’s shed can use the national website: http://www.mensshed.org/find-a-shed/.aspx
Anyone wanting to join the Orange Men’s Shed can contact 5310 6304 or drop in to the shed on the Mitchell Highway at Lucknow from 10am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.