body bg


They just don't care: the experiences of mental health consumers in a Queensland bush community

  • Year: 2007
  • Author: McColl, Lisa
  • Journal Name: Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health (AeJAMH)
  • Journal Number: Vol.6, No.2
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Queensland

This paper arises from research undertaken in a Queensland rural community to determine the influence of bush identity on attitudes to mental health. Through questionnaires and interviews with mental health service consumers, it was discovered that they felt discriminated against, alienated, disempowered, unsupported and alone. Although consumer input has been acknowledged as essential to mental health reform in recent years, this paper argues that there is still a long way to go. Issues identified in this study include the negative perception of mental health issues, barriers that they encounter, stigma and service provision problems. Lack of understanding and support from the community was also raised by consumers as compounding their isolation. The paper concludes with recommendations to enhance the situation for mental health consumers in rural communities, including increased consumer involvement in mental health awareness, promotion and educational activities, improved service provision and ways to empower and encourage mental health consumers to become valued community members.

Related Items

Does regionalization of local public health services influence public spending levels and allocative efficiency?

This paper uses a panel data set of Connecticut communities to offer several empirical insights...

More Than Implementing an Electronic Health Record - Innovation in Tasmanian Community Health

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) commenced a business initiative project called...

Videoconferencing could reduce the number of mental health patients transferred from outlying facilities to a regional mental health unit

To determine if the addition of a video link to the existing phone connection, enabling patients...

Share this with your friends

Footer Logo

Contact Us

Level 2, 53 Blackall Street
Barton ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6260 3733
or email us