Men’s Sheds participants score higher in health measures than counterparts who don’t participate

2 March 2014

New ground-breaking research has revealed men who take part in Men’s Sheds score higher in standardised health measures than men who don’t participate.

Beyond Blue commissioned the research late last year to assess the impact participating in a men’s shed had on the health and wellbeing of Aussie men aged 55 or older.

The research, which is now the largest study ever conducted of its kind, reinforced the clear social, emotional and physical benefits experienced by men by participating in a men’s shed.

Men who participated in Men’s Sheds scored higher on standardised health measures across a number of areas such as physical health, vitality, mental health and physical functioning compared to a like group of men who didn’t engage with Men’s Sheds. 

The positive results will be used to advocate for further support for the men’s shed movement in Australia and have been used internationally to support applications to establish Men’s Sheds overseas.

Results of the research are available on the Beyond Blue website.

Beyond Blue is also promoting a new initiative to provide a laptop computer and internet connection to newly established Men’s Sheds (registered with the Australian Men’s Shed Association after October 2,2013)

To date, 17 Men’s Sheds have received a new laptop and USB internet dongle, giving them the ability to connect to other Men’s Sheds around the country and access to a variety of information available via The Shed Online, including its discussion forums.

Beyond Blue supports the men’s shed movement in Australia by maintaining a strong partnership with the Australian Men’s Shed Association.

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