Who and how: Exploring the preferred senders and channels of mental health information for wisconsin farmers

Josie M. Rudolphi, Richard Berg, Barbara Marlenga

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Abstract

Unfavorable economic and environmental conditions have fueled the development of mental health resources and services for farmers. However, it is unclear who farmers want mental health information from (senders) and how they want mental health information delivered (channels). A self-administered questionnaire was used to determine the preferred senders of mental health information and the preferred channels of mental health information. Farmers were most receptive to receiving mental health information from medical providers, spouses/family members, and friends. Among the channels of information, respondents were interested in receiving mental health information from farm newspapers/magazines and one-on-one in person. Our findings have pragmatic implications for agricultural safety and health and public health organizations working to disseminate mental health information to farmers. Receptiveness to specific senders and channels of information among farmers should inform resource dispersion and future intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3836
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume16
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

Keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Farmer
  • Mental health
  • Occupational safety and health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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