Home away from home: Health and wellbeing benefits of men's sheds

Jane Taylor*, Rachel Cole, Mary Kynn, John Lowe

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Abstract

Issue addressed: Improving the health of men is a national policy priority. The Men's Shed program is one health promoting initiative that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of men. This study assessed Men's Shed members’ perceptions of the health and wellbeing benefits of Men's Shed activity in a large regional Queensland Men's Shed. Methods: Data were collected via a self-administered questionnaire from 147 and three group interviews with 17 shedders. Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to determine differences in shedders perceived health and wellbeing measures retrospectively just before joining the Men's Shed and currently. Thematic analysis was used to analyse qualitative data. Results: There was no change in overall self-assessed health of shedders before and after joining the Men's Shed. Shedders expanded their social networks, and experienced less felt need for social interaction. Shedders’ level of satisfaction with feeling part of the community and life as a whole increased. Health and wellbeing benefits of Men's Shed included fellowship, sense of belonging, access to equipment, and learning new and sharing their own skills. Conclusions: The Men's Shed appeared to provide social health and wellbeing benefits to its members, and an environment for quality social interaction. The Men's Shed is seen as a place for and about members – men. So what?: Men's Shed may have a unique role in supporting the social health and wellbeing of men beyond that already available from other community groups by providing an environment for the fellowship of men and activities of interest in an unstructured way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-242
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
Volume29
Issue number3
Early online date3 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • community based intervention
  • healthy environments
  • men's health

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