Farmers aren't seeking help for mental health: their partners tell us why

Vayro, Caitlin and Brownlow, Charlotte and Ireland, Michael and March, Sonja (2017) Farmers aren't seeking help for mental health: their partners tell us why. In: 14th National Rural Health Conference, 26-29 March 2017, Cairns, Australia.

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Abstract

There are many stressors that impact on farmers and recent research has found that Queensland farmers’ rate of suicide is twice that of the general population (Arnautovska et al.,2014). It is reported that mental health help-seeking behaviour is lacking in farmers. Seeking help for mental health is seeking services from a health professional for distress or mental health issues (Rickwood & Thomas, 2012). Farmers’ partners reportedly have a role in the help-seeking of farmers, such as facilitation and support, and may also be able to offer insight into their mental health help-seeking behaviour (Doherty & Kartalova-O’Doherty, 2010; Kolves et al., 2012). There is an urgent need to identify factors specific to farmers that make mental health help seeking difficult, including those outside their awareness.
The research presented is part of a program of research exploring the barriers and facilitators of mental health help-seeking in farmers from regional Queensland. The present research draws on semi-structured interviews with 10 partners of farmers, where the farmer resides in Queensland with farming as their occupation. 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, mental health literacy, stigma, health services, farming lifestyle and ‘culture’, finances and coping mechanisms. Further, the key role partners play in the farmers’ help-seeking processes was also identified. This paper discusses these factors from the farmer’s partners’ perspective.
The findings from this research advance the understanding of the factors that influence the mental health help-seeking of farmers, by including additional insight from a source close to the farmers. The implications of this research include that interventions could be developed and provided to reduce the barriers and reinforce or strengthen the facilitators of mental health help seeking in farmers, including factors that farmers themselves may not be aware of.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Poster presentation.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 00:33
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 23:55
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/32614

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