We are pleased to introduce a new member of the ESN Team; Gary Nicholas has joined us in the role of Communications Coordinator and will be ensuring that the Essex Shed Network continues to go from strength to strength. Gary will be keeping current Shedders in the loop via our website, newsletters and social media whilst also offering support and advice to fledgling sheds:
“I’m really looking forward to getting involved and promoting the ESN- the Shed concept has such huge potential to enrich the lives of men who are suffering from loneliness or just looking for a fresh purpose. I want to play a part in spreading the word and hopefully seeing memberships increasing and new Sheds opening up across Essex”
Gary has already been to visit the Maldon Shed as well as a new location which we hope can be revealed soon, so keep an eye out for that in the next newsletter! In the meantime Gary will be trying to visit other Sheds and chat to as many Shedders as he can, but if you’d like to get in contact he can be reached on 01621 851891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 10th September is world suicide prevention day. Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 45 and it is rising in older men. 75% of all suicides in the UK are by men so this Suicide prevention day the Essex Shed Network wants to shine a light on the preventative role that Men in Shed projects can have.
There are many reasons why men may feel suicidal including periods of transition in their lives. Bereavement, retirement and poor health are all examples of why anyone may begin to feel isolated or depressed. Sheds bring people together and provide somewhere men can talk, shoulder to shoulder. Many Shedders will be in a position to relate to feelings associated with these transitions, they can offer a friend, support and understanding all in the form of a enjoyable hobby.
At the Essex Shed Network we know that Sheds make a difference and from talking to Shedders we know that the friendships at Sheds really do help when people are struggling with suicidal thoughts and their mental health.
For anyone struggling to cope, the Samaritans is there for you, around the clock every single day of the year. Please call them free at any time on 116 123. All calls are completely confidential.