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

Hossain, Delwar, Eley, Rob and Gorman, Don (2009) Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers. Australasian Psychiatry, 17 1 Supplement: s116-s120. doi:10.1080/10398560902948365


Author Hossain, Delwar
Eley, Rob
Gorman, Don
Title Enhancing the knowledge and skills of advisory and extension agents in mental health issues of farmers
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
1440-1665
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10398560902948365
Volume 17
Issue 1 Supplement
Start page s116
End page s120
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: The aim of this study was to increase knowledge and skills of Advisory and Extension Agents (AEAs) in recognizing the symptoms of mental disorders, providing initial help, and offering the referral pathway for appropriate professional help. Method: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training was provided to AEAs and knowledge and skills pre-training were compared to 6-months post-training.

Results: The MHFA training improved the AEAs' ability to recognize a mental disorder, it increased their confidence level in providing help to someone with a mental health problem, it 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 recognize 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.
Keyword Confidence
Knowledge
Mental illness
Skills
Training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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Created: Wed, 05 Dec 2012, 13:46:04 EST by Rob Eley on behalf of Medicine - Princess Alexandra Hospital