Out, not down

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In­ter­est­ing con­junc­tion be­tween Bernard Salt’s col­umn and Nikki Gem­mell’s “Lives of quiet des­per­a­tion” (June 24-25). How spe­cial do you feel when you’re re­trenched and told you are no longer wanted? It un­der­lines the folly of sub­merg­ing your­self in your work. When this no longer ex­ists, don’t wal­low in self-pity and a sense of be­trayal. Try go­ing down to your lo­cal Men’s Shed. It won’t pay the bills but it will give a breath­ing space in a sup­port­ive, con­ge­nial and pur­pose­ful en­vi­ron­ment. Lester Durbin Sec­re­tary, York Men’s Shed, WA Nikki Gem­mell iden­ti­fies the long­stand­ing is­sue of the aw­ful price paid by many mid­dle-aged men when they are re­moved from their place of work. There is lit­tle or no union sup­port to help these white-col­lar men when they are con­fronted with re­dun­dancy or sum­mar­ily sacked. There may, how­ever, be a shift evolv­ing in the cor­po­rate world. As a Beyond­blue am­bas­sador, I present to staff/em­ploy­ees from ma­jor cor­po­rates, some of whom have recog­nised that men­tal and phys­i­cal well­ness go to­gether – as do good work prac­tices. David Cor­duff Morn­ing­ton, Vic Great to see the vi­tal is­sue of the chal­lenges for older Aus­tralians in the work­force get­ting at­ten­tion in the na­tional me­dia. I have been ar­gu­ing for sev­eral years for the need to es­tab­lish se­niors’ en­ter­prise cen­tres and I have yet to find some­one who doesn’t sup­port the need for ac­tion. Yet no one in govern­ment, busi­ness or the char­ity sec­tor seems will­ing to put their hands in their pock­ets to ad­dress the prob­lem. The ob­ses­sion with mil­len­nial star­tups con­tin­ues. Doug Jac­quier Gawler East, SA

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