University of South Australia
The University of South Australia educates professionals and citizens to the highest standards, creates and disseminates knowledge and engages with communities to address the major issues of our time.
One of these challenges is the high prevalence of mental health issues and suicide among farmers as well as their difficulties in accessing mental health services in rural Australia. The NAB Foundation is supporting the University of South Australia to develop and test an online, self-help intervention with and for Australian farmers, to see if it helps them better cope with things beyond their control such as drought. The project builds on the team’s previous work that shows farmers who cope most successfully with drought are those who adopt ‘acceptance’ (and humour) as coping strategies.
The website will be a sustainable, cost-effective intervention that assists farmers who otherwise may not access support, to develop valuable coping skills. In turn, it aims to prevent the development of severe mental health problems and where necessary, prompt and help farmers to access to mental health treatment at an earlier stage.
Interested in being involved?
To be eligible to assist us with this work, a participant or their spouse must currently own or play an active role in the operation of a farming or pastoral enterprise in Australia, be fluent in English and have access to the internet.
To register your interest in participating in this or related rural-focused research, please click here.