Mental Health Workers perspectives on Rural practice

Mental health work can potentially have positive and/or negative effects on professionals. Positive effects include the mental health worker feeling positive about being able to help, an experience referred to as compassion satisfaction (Stamm, 2010). They are also at risk of experiencing emotional exhaustion or burnout, symptoms of compassion fatigue (Stamm, 2010). In addition, rural mental health workers may face stressors of professional isolation, work overload and ethical dilemmas unique …

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Rural obesity is high

Rural Obesity Stefan Juengling, The West Australian September 23, 2013, 3:33 pm A recent report has found WA residents living in rural and remote areas have higher rates of mental illness and obesity. The report, compiled by Thinktank Lateral Economics, states that people living in rural areas have less specialised support and have to deal with a greater stigma relating to mental illness. It also found the rate of obesity …

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Greens launch plan for better rural mental health

ABC Rural By Anna Vidot 21 August 2013 The Greens have launched their policy for rural mental health, calling for an additional $550 million for the sector over four years. The policy includes funding for more flexible and community-based care for regional Australians, better services, better training for people in regional communities, and better outreach programs. The eight-point plan is the result of consultations conducted by Greens mental health spokeswoman, …

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