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

Don Gorman, Elizabeth Buikstra, Desley Hegney, Susanne Pearce, Cath Rogers-Clark, Jim Weir and Bronwyn McCullagh (2007) Rural men and mental health: Their experiences and how they managed. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 5: 298-306. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2007.00484.x

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Author Don Gorman
Elizabeth Buikstra
Desley Hegney
Susanne Pearce
Cath Rogers-Clark
Jim Weir
Bronwyn McCullagh
Title Rural men and mental health: Their experiences and how they managed
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-8330
Publication date 2007-10-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2007.00484.x
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 16
Issue 5
Start page 298
End page 306
Total pages 9
Editor Brenda Happell
Place of publication Greenacres, S.A., Australia
Publisher Blackwell Synergy
Collection year 2007
Subject 321204 Mental Health
321214 Health and Community Services
1110 Nursing
Formatted abstract
There is a growing awareness that a primary source of information about mental health lies with the consumers. This paper 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 used.
© 2007 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
Keyword Consumer involvement
Mental health
Rural communities
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