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When it's good it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid: living with mental illness in rural and remote Australia

  • Year: 2005
  • Author: Harris, Philippa
  • Journal Name: Health Issues
  • Journal Number: 85
  • Country: Australia

About 30 per cent of Australia's population lives outside the capital cities and major regional centres. Despite a common perception that city life is more problematic for the mental health of city dwellers, people living in remote and rural Australia face additional risks to mental health and well being, and additional difficulties in access to treatment and rehabilitative support. This article covers the social conditions that increase the vulnerability of people in remote and rural areas of Australia to mental health problems. It suggests that partnerships between health service providers and community could improve the support for people suffering from mental illness in these areas.

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