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AUS: New Resource Aims to Improve Mental Health of Farmers

AUS: New Resource Aims to Improve Mental Health of Farmers

Researchers in Australia have developed a world first: a website that aims to improve the mental health of farmers specifically. The website aims to help farmers, who traditionally have among the highest rates of suicide across the globe, with effective coping techniques and prevention methods. The new program is being developed by researchers at the University of South Australia in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, National Centre for Farmer Health and the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. “The main thing that it is going to focus on is helping farmers deal with things that are beyond their control,” says Kate Fennell, lead researcher. The farmer’s mental health site will be used primarily as an information hub but will also include a discussion board where users can interact with other people and share their frustrations in a professionally moderated environment. Dr. Fennell believes the site will be launching by mid-2017.

– theleadsouthaustralia.com.au