Stories from Queensland farmers: 'why we don't seek help for mental health'

Vayro, Caitlin and Brownlow, Charlotte and Ireland, Michael and March, Sonja (2016) Stories from Queensland farmers: 'why we don't seek help for mental health'. In: 8th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium (2016), 3-4 Nov 2016, Kingscliff, NSW.

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Farming as an occupation and lifestyle has many inherent stressors and farmers demonstrate suicide rates twice that of the general population (Arnautovska, McPhedran, & De Leo, 2014). There are also reports that indicate farmers may show fewer help-seeking behaviours, although research to date has failed to uncover clear reasons for this. Mental health help-seeking includes behaviours directed towards seeking help from health professionals for issues relating to mental health or distress (Rickwood & Thomas, 2012); if this occurs in a timely manner then negative consequences may be minimised. There is an urgent need to identify factors specific to farmers that make mental health help seeking difficult.
The research presented here is part of a program of research aiming to understand the barriers and facilitators of mental health help-seeking in farmers from regional communities. The present research draws on findings from semi‐structured interviews with 10 farmers residing in Queensland. The interviews were analysed drawing on the techniques of Braun and Clarke (2006). Several key factors were identified as having the potential to directly or indirectly influence mental health help-seeking including, the weather (with a strong focus on drought), finances, support, health services, mental health literacy and stigma. This paper discusses these factors from the farmer perspective.
The findings from this study advance knowledge in understanding what factors may influence mental health help-seeking in Queensland farmers. The outcomes have implications for developing and providing intervention to reduce barriers, and reinforce or strengthen facilitators of mental health help-seeking in farmers.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 21:40
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 05:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Farmers, Qualitative, Mental Health, Help-seeking
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Occupational Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30021

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