Farm advisors' reflections on mental health first aid training

Hossain, Delwar and Gorman, Don and Eley, Robert and Coutts, Jeff (2009) Farm advisors' reflections on mental health first aid training. Australian eJournal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 8 (1). ISSN 1446-7984

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This paper describes an evaluation of the use of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training with Farm Advisors. The specific objectives of the training were to: i) determine whether changes to mental health literacy were evident; ii) investigate whether changes were affected by demographic factors such as age, sex, work experience and experience with mental health problems; and iii) describe the experience of participants in terms of the relevance and ease of understanding of the presentation format. Data were collected from 32 Farm Advisors working in Southern Queensland, Australia, who attended MHFA training. Results indicated that the training had significantly improved their mental health literacy and skills in dealing with people with a mental illness. Older Farm Advisors, and younger Farm Advisors with field experience, were more knowledgeable about mental health prior to the training. However, no effects of these factors were found in post training, indicating that, irrespective of their age, sex, work experience and mental health experience, the Farm Advisors gained similar literacy in mental illness at the completion of training. The participants expressed that they now know how to recognise symptoms associated with mental illness, provide initial help, and offer a referral pathway for appropriate professional help to increase wellbeing among farming communities. They reported that the course materials were new, well presented, and relevant for them.

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Additional Information: Publisher version deposited with permission of publisher. Full citation is: Hossain, D., Gorman, D., Eley, R., & Coutts, J. (2009). Farm Advisors’ reflections on Mental Health First Aid training. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 8(1),
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2009 05:42
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health literacy; farm advisors; mental health first aid; rural mental health; evaluation
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441003 Rural sociology
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services

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