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Vayro C, Brownlow C, Ireland M, March S. Adm. Policy Ment. Health 2020; ePub(ePub): ePub.


(Copyright © 2020, Holtzbrinck Springer Nature Publishing Group)






The suicide rate of farmers is approximately double that of the general Australian population, yet farmers employ fewer help-seeking behaviours (Arnautovska et al. in Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 49:593-599, 2014; Brew et al. in BMC Public Health 16:1-11, 2016). Therefore, it is crucial to understand if, and how health services and system might influence farmer help-seeking. To shed light on this, the current study employed qualitative semi-structured interviews with 10 farmers, 10 farmers' partners and 8 medical practitioners. Thematic analysis, guided by Braun and Clarke's (Qual Res Psychol 3:77-101, 2006) techniques, was used to analyse the data. Three themes were devised concerning the interaction between farmers and health services, including 'health service interactions', 'services are provided within a complex system' and 'emerging technologies: the users, practitioners, and systems'. The findings underscore the importance of interactions between a farmer and a service provider, with farmers wanting their provider to have an understanding of farming life. Help-seeking was also shaped by access, availability, and practitioner constancy. Lastly, a complex relationship between digital mental health services and farmer help-seeking was reported, with factors related to the farmers, the practitioners and the infrastructure/systems discussed. The outcomes have implications for health service and policy reform, developing and providing interventions for farmers to promote health services interaction as a way of mental health help-seeking.

Language: en


Farmers; Mental health; Help-seeking; Primary producers; Service provision


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