Rural men and mental health: their experiences and how they managed

Gorman, Don and Buikstra, Elizabeth and Hegney, Desley and Pearce, Susanne and Rogers-Clark, Cath and Weir, Jim and McCullagh, Bronwyn (2007) Rural men and mental health: their experiences and how they managed. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 (5). pp. 298-306. ISSN 1324-3780

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There is a growing awareness that a primary source of information about mental health lies with the consumers. This article reports on a study that interviewed rural men
with the aim of exploring their mental health experiences within a rural environment. The results of the interviews are a number of stories of resilience and survival that
highlight not only the importance of exploring the individuals' perspective of their issues, but also of acknowledging and drawing on their inner strengths. Rural men face a number of challenges that not only increase the risk of mental illness but also decrease the likelihood of them seeking and/or finding professional support. These men's stories, while different from each other, have a common thread of coping. Despite some support from family and friends participants also acknowledged that seeking out professional support could have made the recovery phase easier. Mental health nurses need to be aware, not only of the barrier to professional support but also of the significant resilience that individuals have and how it can be utilised.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:31
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 06:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: consumer involvement; rural men; males; mental health; men's mental health; resilience; rural communities
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio-Economic Objective: 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
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2007.00484.x

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