Mental health and rural men

Gorman, Don and Weir, Jim and McCullagh, Bronwyn and Hegney, Desley and Rogers-Clark, Cath and Pearce, Susanne (2005) Mental health and rural men. In: 31st Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses: Setting Sail for New Horizons: from the past to the future (ANZCMHN 2005), 24-28 Oct 2005, Fremantle, Australia.

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This paper will report on a research project that looked at rural men’s experience of mental health problems and how they coped. Almost one in five Australians will experience mental health problems within a 12 month period. Rural people, who already have poorer health than metropolitan people are identified as being significantly at risk for poor mental health. Rural males are noted to be at risk during episodes of mental illness, which may be caused by life events over which they have little control.
This project through the use of narratives aimed to address the following research question:
What are the factors that participants believe are current stressors related to rural living?
What are the factors that participants believe enhance their resilience to mental illness?
An analysis of the stories told by the 10 men revealed a number of factors that the participants considered helpful in coping during difficult times.
These factors can be broadly categorised into two major themes: 1. The individual and inner strength and 2. Support and strategies.
The issues discussed by participants in the areas of the individual and inner strength include positive thinking, self awareness, self control, the meaning of life, as well as appreciation and hope. Support and strategies relates to factors with regard to access to information, seeking help, treatment, talking about problems, support from family and friends, being needed, life changes, taking a break and having other interests.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
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: 14 Jan 2021 01:39
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2021 01:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: coping strategies; mental health; rural; mens health
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170105 Gender Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Men's Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/768

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