Minister for Mental Health Jai Rowell joined Member for Lismore Thomas George today in announcing $10,000 in NSW Government funding for the construction of a new Dunoon Menís Shed.

Mr Rowell said he was delighted to be able to provide much needed funding for the project, saying Menís Sheds not only provide a place for men to practice their handy-man skills, but also service an invaluable role in supporting the mental wellbeing of those who use them.

ďAs I travel around NSW I am constantly impressed by the innovative ways Menís Sheds manage to tackle mental health issues, and the Dunoon Menís Shed is no exception,Ē Mr Rowell said.

ďMenís Sheds provide a welcoming, relaxed place for men to come together and talk with their peers about any problems they may be facing, which leads to great outcomes in avoiding the pitfalls of depression and social isolation.

ďWe know that blokes often find it tougher to open up and speak about the difficulties that they face in dealing with depression, but Menís Sheds have proven to be a really successful way of bringing men together to talk about these issues.

ďIt is a real pleasure to be able to provide Dunoon Menís Shed with much needed funding that will see them expand upon the great work they are already doing.Ē

Mr George commended the work of Dunoon Menís Shed for the way in which it had so successfully engaged local men in addressing mental health issues.

ďI have spoken many times with the blokes from the Dunoon Menís Shed about the great work they are doing, and today was a fantastic opportunity to come out here and see the fruits of their labour first hand,Ē Mr George said.

ďIím proud the NSW Government has been able to support them in their efforts and ensure that they will have a quality facility from which to carry out their work.Ē

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.