The Mental Health of People on Australian Farms – The Facts.

  • 32 pages

  • Published: 10 Nov 2008

  • Author(s): L, Fragar, A, Henderson, C, Morton, K., Pollock

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This chartbook provides available relevant data relating to the mental health and wellbeing of the people in agriculture – the changing structure of family farms, the ageing profile of farmers and farm managers, common pressures reported by farmers that are difficult to cope with, available data relating to prevalence of mental health disorders, and suicide data relating to the farming population in Australia.

The target audience for this Chartbook includes policy maker, program planners and those who deliver programs that aim to influence the mental health and wellbeing of the farming population in Australia. This will include those in agriculture industries, the health industries, and rural communities.

Farming has long been associated with a unique set of characteristics that can promote great satisfaction with quality of life. However, apart from the well recognised risk of physical injury and accidental death, people living and working on farms are also subject to a number of environmental, climatic, economic and social stressors which may impact on their sense of wellbeing and also on their mental health