Farmers tell us how to help improve their mental health help-seeking

Vayro, C. and Brownlow, C. and Ireland, M. and March, S. (2017) Farmers tell us how to help improve their mental health help-seeking. In: 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, 11-13 Oct 2017, Albury, Australia.

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Abstract

Farmers’ mental health help-seeking is reported to be poor. Mental health help-seeking is seeking help from professionals such as GPs and psychologists for issues relating to distress or mental health (Rickwood & Thomas, 2012). Timely mental health help-seeking behaviour is important because it may minimise any negative outcomes. At present, there is no research that has identified how to target farmers to improve their mental health help-seeking. It is known that tailored approaches to intervention are superior and this is likely to be so for intervening with farmers whom have a strong culture and a vastly different situation than metropolitan populations.
This study is part of a body of work exploring the factors that influence mental health help-seeking in farmers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 farmers (farming as their occupation) as well as 10 farmers’ partners (for their additional insight), all of whom resided/worked in Queensland. Braun and Clarke’s (2006) technique of thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Based on the data three themes were developed regarding intervention: education (what needs to be taught and how to teach it), the medium (which mediums preferred and engagement with them) and multi-faceted programs (Many aspects important such as community input and role of GPs, family, and friends).
This research improves the knowledge on how to target interventions, including the medium, specifically to farmers for mental health help-seeking. The findings could be utilised in the design process to create interventions that are more likely to have an impact, specific for farmers to improve their mental health help-seeking behaviour.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 04:43
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2018 04:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: farmers, mental health help-seeking, intervention
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
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
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Men's Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33446

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