Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers

Hossain, Delwar and Gorman, Don and Eley, Robert (2009) Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers. Australasian Psychiatry, 17 (1). pp. 116-120. ISSN 1039-8562

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Objectives: To increase knowledge and skills of Advisory and Extension Agents (AEAs) in recognising the symptoms of mental disorders, providing initial help, and offering the referral pathway for appropriate professional help.

Method: Provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to AEAs and compare assess knowledge and skills pre-training to six month post training.

Results: The MHFA training improved the AEAs’ ability to recognise a mental disorder, increased their confidence level in providing help to someone with a mental health problem, decreased social distances and positively changed their beliefs about treatment.

Conclusion: MHFA training is effective in enhancing the mental health knowledge and skills of AEAs. The agents, who are a main line of contact of farmers, are able to recognise mental disorders of people and help them appropriately. They are more willing to work with stigmatized people and know who to refer people to for help.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009 01:32
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 02:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental illness; training; knowledge; skills; confidence
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing
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) > 920506 Rural Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10398560902948365
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4762

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