WHY A MEN’S SHED
The topic of Men’s Sheds was first raised at a Men’s Health conference in 1995 when it was suggested that Sheds could help promote social interaction and reduce depression related illness in elderly men. After that conference Men’s Sheds began to form across Australia. it is estimated that there are now over 1,000 Men’s Sheds established across Australia, and still more forming.
Our Shed was established to help prevent men from suffering the isolation, loss of purpose and well being that is often associated with men leaving the work force either for health reasons or retirement. It is well known men don’t just go out and talk like women do. WE NEED AN EXCUSE, and the shed and its tools gives us that excuse.
This all leads to improved self esteem, health and well being. There are lots of studies that demonstrate how damaging this isolation can be physically and mentally. Many men who don’t find this support will often turn inward and in extreme cases it may lead to suicide.
EVEN IF WE ONLY SAVE ONE MAN THEN THE SHED CAN BE CONSIDERED SUCCESSFUL!
Men’s Sheds are a simple and effective way of addressing many of the health issues of men, and as a result reducing the cost of health care for men and improving their feelings of self worth.
In short, belonging to our Shed gives its members the feeling of belonging and gives them something worth getting out of bed for.