Close friendships at the Lockington Men's Shed mean the members have plenty of support to help them face life's challenges.ELAINE COONEY June 18, 2014 3:20am
Lockington Men's Shed members Barry Graham, David Collett and Steve Bond enjoy a laugh over a cuppa during men's health week. Photo: Elaine Cooney
Looking after your mates is what the Lockington Men’s Shed is all about even if it means watching each others’ diet.
The men have a piece of wood in the kitchen which shows how each member likes their tea or coffee.
‘‘If Dave thinks I should only have one sugar, then he would only put one in and not tell me,’’ member Steve Bond laughed.
When the men go to the local shop for lunch they make sure those on a strict diet have a healthy meal.
If they crave high-fat food, they are veered towards opting for a salad roll.
They may even go a step farther and tell their mate to leave the tomatoes out because it doesn’t help gout.
Co-ordinator David Collett said most of the shed’s 20 members saw doctors on a monthly basis, but what the men spoke about between themselves made them look closely at their health.
‘‘Talking is the biggest thing you can do for mental health,’’ Mr Collett said.
‘‘The second biggest thing is using the ears on your head.’’
He said that men often laughed and joked about different ailments, but sometimes related to symptoms which they would later discuss with their doctor.
He found stress to be the leading men’s health issue in Lockington.
Mr Collett said the men’s shed helped take members’ minds off their worries and also gave a friendly outlet to express themselves and discuss problems.
‘‘We talk about all sorts of stuff; sex, football, relationships, mental health,’’ he said.
‘‘You can talk about anything.’’
He said men often popped in for a coffee or chat and sometimes came regularly to work on projects.
Mr Collett said isolation was a major issue, especially for farmers.
He said they were usually busy on farms, but would visit when they had a major project.
Member Barry Graham said the shed was an important hub for Lockington men when they went through major events, such as bereavement.
Mr Collett said he often had a coffee with members who were going through a tough time.
He said the men’s shed could point people in the right direction to get the help they needed.
To join Lockington Men’s Shed call Mr Collett on 5486
Pick up the Campaspe News for an in-depth feature on men’s health.
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