After nearly two decades of helping men cope with stress, a Shepparton men’s group co-ordinator says there is even more need for its services today.JOHN LEWIS June 10, 2014 4:16am
Dealing with issues: Talking Straight group convenor Dale Wright says men need more help than ever in regard to their physical and mental health.
‘‘Men are facing more personal and family-related issues than ever before,’’ Talking Straight group convenor Dale Wright said.
‘‘There are workplace issues, Facebook and social media bullying problems. Many blokes are feeling lost, deserted, let down and just scared.’’
Mr Dale’s comments come at the start of International Men’s Health Week.
The week highlights men’s physical and mental health concerns, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, family health, workplace accidents and men’s higher likelihood of suicide or being a victim of homicide.
A well-known Shepparton photographer, Mr Wright said he was encouraged to attend a men’s group meeting 18 years ago, after he found himself becoming stressed about the daily routines of work and life.
‘‘I was falling apart, but I felt invincible. I was involved in work and service clubs and church and family — and then one day it just hit me, I can’t do it like this any more,’’ he said.
After attending his first men’s group meeting in Shepparton, he was hooked.
‘‘The message was — stay still. Work on yourself. Before going, I would have said that’s all crap,’’ he said.
He said during the past 18 years he had seen about 200 men pass through the group and move through a 12-week program to deal with serious issues in their lives.
‘‘Some men arrive scared, disillusioned, apprehensive — it’s the anxiety of the unknown,’’ he said.
He said group members were taken on a river camping trip, sometimes with older and younger pairings, to discuss subjects such as compassion, forgiveness, grief, or father-and-son relationships.
‘‘Many blokes form long-lasting relationships. We have blokes we helped as teenagers who now have their own kids,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve been invited to the second weddings of blokes who have been decimated by divorce. I think that’s great.’’
The committal hearing into the 1983 murder of Shepparton teenager Michelle Buckingham is expected to finish today.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Echuca-Moama Search and Rescue members Steve Huntley, Kirsty Read, Ray Rowe and Peter Reid have been recognised for their role following an industrial accident earlier this year.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Coliban Water has confirmed sewer connections in Heathcote would not happen until the completion of a feasibility study.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.