The mental health of farmers

Gregoire, A. (2002) The mental health of farmers. Occupational Medicine, 52, (8), 471-476. (doi:10.1093/occmed/52.8.471).


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Farmers are subject to a number of unique occupational stressors, many of which have been aggravated in recent years by changes in farming practice and by economic factors. These are probably part of the explanation for the high rates of suicide in farmers and farm workers, which in the UK account for the largest number of suicides in any occupational group. Suicide is usually associated with mental illness, which, in farming communities, appears to be particularly stigmatized and poorly understood. This affects health-seeking behaviour, which is compounded by the geographical isolation and inaccessibility of many services in rural areas. Our current understanding of these issues suggests a number of potentially valuable interventions.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/occmed/52.8.471
ISSNs: 0962-7480 (print)
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Keywords: farmers, mental health, mental illness, rural, suicide
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Clinical Neurosciences
ePrint ID: 27581
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Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:28

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