As today marks R U OK? Day, mental health awareness and suicide prevention is a loud national conversation. But, the alarmingly high rates of male suicide in Australia tell us we’ve still got a long way to go to break down the barriers and stigma around seeking help.

In Sheds around the country, mental wellbeing is a consideration of Shedders every time the doors are open – whether it be by lived experience, by lending a friendly ear or by carefully creating a place of purpose, belonging and mateship. Tough conversations are struck up in Sheds and we stand shoulder to shoulder to get through together.

We must continue to role model both asking for help and showing up for our mates.

JPY recently spoke to Wayne Wigham from Black Dog Institute about masculinity and help-seeking on The Shed Wireless podcast. Listen here ▶️

We know Men’s Sheds have improved, even saved, many lives. This Men’s Shed Week we celebrate a global village, doing local good: Shedders standing shoulder to shoulder for the betterment of men and communities all over the world.

Keep turning up for yourself and others.

If you, or someone you care about, is in crisis and you think immediate action is needed, call emergency services (triple zero – 000), contact the person’s doctor or mental health crisis service, or go to your local hospital emergency department. Lifeline is a 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention service. Call on 13 11 14 or visit

Discover a place to connect, a community to belong to & mates that make it all worthwhile.