Depression in Farmers and Farming Families

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Centre for Rural Mental Health

Depression in Farmers and Farming Families

Project Report 2005

This research project was funded by beyondblue: the national depression initiative

We would like to acknowledge and thank the participants who made this project possible by generously giving up their time and sharing their experiences with us.

The Depression in Farmers and Farming Families was undertaken by the Centre for Rural Mental Health The Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders.

The Centre for Rural Mental Health is a joint initiative of Monash University and Bendigo Health Care Group.

June, 2005
Important Note

In order to protect the privacy of participants all names used in this report have been changed and any identifying details removed.

 
1. INTRODUCTION................................................................................................4 1.1. 2. ORGANISATION OF THIS REPORT .....................................................................4

BACKGROUND ..................................................................................................5 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4. 2.5. 2.6. THE NATURE OF FARMING WORK ...................................................................5 FARMING AND FAMILY LIFE ...........................................................................6 CHANGES TO FAMILY FARMING IN AUSTRALIA ..............................................7 LIFE IN FARMING COMMUNITIES .....................................................................8 PROVISION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ....................................................9 FARMING AND MENTAL HEALTH ..................................................................10

3.

METHODOLOGY ............................................................................................11 3.1. 3.2. STUDY AREA AND PARTICIPANT RECRUITMENT .............................................11 DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS PROCEDURES .........................................11

4.

FINDINGS ..........................................................................................................13 4.1. 4.2. PARTICIPANTS ...............................................................................................13 FACTORS LEADING TO DEPRESSION, ANXIETY OR USE OF DRUGS...................13 Financial Pressures .............................................................................14 Intergenerational Issues.......................................................................16 Responsibility and Decision-Making ...................................................17 Unpredictable weather events..............................................................18 Women’s Issues....................................................................................19

4.2.1. 4.2.2. 4.2.3. 4.2.4. 4.2.5. 4.3.

MAINTAINING WELLBEING AND RESPONSES TO STRESS .................................22 Dealing with Stress: The importance of talking ..................................22 Alcohol Use..........................................................................................24 Work.....................................................................................................24 Positive outlook, communication, and social interaction....................25

4.3.1. 4.3.2. 4.3.3. 4.3.4. 4.4. 5. 6. 7.

ACCESS TO CARE ...........................................................................................25

LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY ...................................................................27 CONCLUSION ..................................................................................................27 REFERENCES CITED .....................................................................................29

  1. Introduction 
Whilst farming was once idealised as a healthy and wholesome way of life, it is now...

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