Shed will focus on health

Relantionship breakdowns, unemployment and health issues are contributing factors to depression, and the Bunbury Men’s Shed is making sure its members remain in good mental and physical health.

The Bunbury Men’s Shed will be running a 22-week mental and physical health program for its members after receiving a $5000 grant from the Federal Government as part of the Australian Men’s Shed Association’s National Shed Development Program funding round 14.

Shed manager Matt Rapkins said the program, which would start within the next month, would include counselling and physical activity sessions for two hours a week.

“We have quite a few guys that go through depression,” Mr Rapkins said.

“There’s a whole variety of things that guys get depressed about.” Mr Rapkins said the club had 88 members and through personal situations such as relationship breakdowns, terminal illnesses, adapting to change and unemployment, some were suffering from depression.

He said the group wanted to support everyone and offer ways to prevent and be supported out of depression.

Mr Rapkins said the program would support the theme of this year’s Men’s Health Week, between June 12-18, which was Healthy Body – Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance.

Forrest MHR Nola Marino visited the Bunbury Men’s Shed on Friday afternoon to formally hand over the grant.

Source: Bunbury Herald.