Open day focus on men’s health

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Catering and bus manager Lester Parks and Chairman Alan Parks.
Camera IconCatering and bus manager Lester Parks and Chairman Alan Parks. Credit: Kellie Balaam

In recognition of International Men’s Day, the Narrogin Men’s Shed hosted an open day complete with a sausage sizzle.

International Men’s Day is celebrated worldwide on November 19 to raise awareness around men’s health.

According to Beyond Blue, one in eight men will experience depression, increasing risks of suicidal thoughts.

Men also account for an average six out every eight suicides every day in Australia.

Narrogin Men’s Shed chairman Alan Parks said the group’s wood and metal work projects helped members immensely with mental wellbeing.

“There was one chap in particular where we reckon we saved his life. He was a mess after having cancer but he settled down here and got his life going,” Mr Parks said.

Mr Parks was amazed at how much the members opened to each other and discussed their problems.

“New members will come in and after a while they’ll start talking about their health or their problems and they just relax. It’s amazing really,” Mr Parks said.

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