Mental health first aid training for advisory and extension agents working with farmers

Gorman, Don and Hossain, Delwar and Eley, Robert and Coutts, Jeff (2008) Mental health first aid training for advisory and extension agents working with farmers. In: ACHMN 2008: Mental Health Nursing - A Broad Canvas: The Art of Mental Health Nursing in the Age of Technology and science, 6-10 Oct 2008, Melbourne, Victoria. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The purpose of this project is to explore whether training Advisory Extension Agents (AEA) in mental health first aid will reduce their anxiety and increase their confidence to deal with farmers exhibiting signs of mental ill health. The issues of depression and suicide in rural communities are very well-known. One of the biggest problems is that of ensuring that farmers receive support, given their reluctance, and in many cases a lack of awareness of the need for support. Another factor that is a barrier to them gaining support is the lack of appropriately skilled people for them to approach. This project provides people who are in contact with them with the skills to recognise need and the knowledge of where to refer them for appropriate support. It is increasing the knowledge of mental health symptoms and pathways amongst AEA who see farmers regularly and feel powerless to help on mental health issues. The project uses a pretest / post-test design assessing the effects of the existing and well researched course in mental health first aid on a group of AEAs. A control group will also be subjected to the pre and post test for comparison. For ethical reasons the control group will be offered the course after testing.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Full paper not available. Authors retain copyright of Powerpoint presentation.
Depositing User: Professor Don Gorman
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2009 06:18
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2012 04:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health first aid training; depression; farmers; rural communities;
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4556

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