Motorcycle club rides for good cause

READY TO ROLL: Warrnambool and District Motorcycle Owners Club before their ride to Portland on Thursday. Picture: Anthony Brady

READY TO ROLL: Warrnambool and District Motorcycle Owners Club before their ride to Portland on Thursday. Picture: Anthony Brady

MEMBERS of the Warrnambool and District Motorcycle Owners Club braved the early morning chill on Thursday to promote men’s health.

As part of men’s health week, a selection of the club’s 200-plus members, under the Mates on the Road program, rode to Portland as part of men’s health week.

They met with members of the Portland Men’s Shed for a shared conversation about mental health.

Club member John Walker said Portland was the fifth men’s shed visited, the others being Port Fairy, Macarthur, Heywood and Timboon.

“We are communicating the importance of understanding the link between stress and depression, with strategies to develop mental health resilience,” Mr Walker said.

“The relationship between Mates on the Road and the men’s shed is a natural bond as the core outcomes of improving men’s health are positively aligned. 

“We are receiving very positive feedback from the sheds and regional health authorities.

“I’m a mental health expert and I have a presentation I put forward at each of the men’s sheds we go to.”

Mr Walker said this presentation talks about tools to become more resilient. 

These include openness, self-awareness, assertiveness and generosity.

Activities to encourage this include good sleep, exercise and a healthy diet.

It also covers ways to bring high stress levels under control and improve relaxation techniques. 

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