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Rural Mental Health Help-Seeking Survey NSW

NSW Rural residents are invited to participate in the research project which is being conducted by Natalie Cheesmond from the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle in partial fulfilment of her PhD.

The project is being supervised by Dr. Kate Davies and Assoc. Prof. Kerry Inder from the Faculty of Health and Medicine.

The research is seeking the opinion of all residents of selected rural towns. The researchers want to investigate what people living in country New South Wales feel might make asking for help for mental illness easier. They would like you to participate whether or not you or a family member have experienced mental illness. The researchers hope to use the results of the survey to make recommendations for health service changes across rural Australia to improve the uptake of mental health care.

Who can participate in the research?

You are invited to participate if you are 18 years or over and live in rural New South Wales

What would you be asked to do?

If you agree to participate, you are asked to complete a short online survey asking about your beliefs and opinions of mental illness and the health care service. The survey will not ask you about your own or other’s experience of mental illness or distress.

The survey is anonymous and it will not be possible to identify you from your answers.


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