Mental health of farmers in Southern Queensland: issues and support

Hossain, Delwar, Eley, Rob, Coutts, Jeff and Gorman, Don (2008) Mental health of farmers in Southern Queensland: issues and support. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 16 6: 343-348. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1584.2008.01014.x

Author Hossain, Delwar
Eley, Rob
Coutts, Jeff
Gorman, Don
Title Mental health of farmers in Southern Queensland: issues and support
Journal name Australian Journal of Rural Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-5282
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2008.01014.x
Volume 16
Issue 6
Start page 343
End page 348
Total pages 6
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To inform the development of an initiative designed to support the mental well-being of farmers in Queensland.
Design: Interactive focus groups.
Setting: Rural and remote Queensland.
Participants: Health professionals, farmers and representatives of organisations and agencies working with farmers.
Main outcome measures: Determination of factors contributing to the declining mental health of rural landholders. Content material for inclusion into mental health first aid programs held for field officers.
Results: Key areas identified to contribute to the decline in mental health of farmers were: increasing isolation in its varying forms, the ongoing drought, increased government regulations and widening of the schism between urban and rural Australians. The issues that affect farmers are recognised to have a ‘knock-on’ effect on the people who interact with them. In particular, rural support organisations are concerned for the well-being of their staff, prompting some to begin to put protocols in place to address their staff need for mental health support. Additional mental health training of field officers that involves awareness, recognition, communication skills, understanding and empathy was recognised by participants to be beneficial.
Conclusion:Training of field officers was considered to be of benefit to the support of farmers. An understanding of the various and diverse issues that rural landholders face should be a fundamental component of that training.
Keyword Farmer
Field officer
Mental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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