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Title: Rural Mental Health Ecology: A Framework for Engaging with Mental Health Social Capital in Rural Communities
Contributor(s): Wilson, Rhonda L  (author); Wilson, Glenn  (author); Usher, Kim  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1007/s10393-015-1037-0
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Abstract: The mental health of people in rural communities is influenced by the robustness of the mental health ecosystem within each community. Theoretical approaches such as social ecology and social capital are useful when applied to the practical context of promoting environmental conditions which maximise mental health helping capital to enhance resilience and reduce vulnerably as a buffer for mental illness. This paper explores the ecological conditions that affect the mental health and illness of people in rural communities. It proposes a new mental health social ecology framework that makes full use of the locally available unique social capital that is sufficiently flexible to facilitate mental health helping capital best suited to mental health service delivery for rural people in an Australian context.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: EcoHealth, 12(3), p. 412-420
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1612-9202
Field of Research (FOR): 111005 Mental Health Nursing
050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920413 Social Structure and Health
920405 Environmental Health
920410 Mental Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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