Breaking Down the Walls
What started as a conversation between two local mates late last year has now grown into Penrith Men’s Walk and Talk, a group that meets every week to enjoy the Great River Walk together, talk about men’s health and support one another.
Penrith Men’s Walk and Talk meet at The Coffee Club – Nepean River, Tench Avenue in Penrith, on Thursday each week at 5:45pm for a 6:00pm sharp lap of The Great River Walk. The 6.4-kilometre trek is a great opportunity to meet new friends or reconnect with old ones.
“The group was thought about late in 2018 after a chat I had with Kevin Canning. We noticed as we have gotten older that a lot of guys tend to have similar problems. Most men don’t realise how common their problems are and rarely talk to anyone about them” said Paul Wallace, Group Organiser and local resident.
The men’s group have been embraced by the local community, with over 70 men joining in some capacity already. This has also been supported on social media with many praising the men’s health initiative to break the stigma surrounding mental health.
“A lot of men traditionally don’t open up to anyone. Being active, listening or talking tends to make most men realise that they are not alone. Our group is all inclusive for men of all ages. From teenagers through, anyone is invited to come along” Wallace told the Emu and Leonay Gazette.
They plan to have a monthly guest speaker from a men’s health organisation talk to the group. The organisation ‘Like Mind’ will be their first guest speaker on Thursday 9th of May at The Coffee Club – Nepean River.
If you would like to join Penrith Men’s Walk and Talk or would like more information about the group, you can find them on Facebook.