Rural Mental Health Ecology

A Framework for Engaging with Mental Health Social Capital in Rural Communities

Rhonda L. Wilson, G. Glenn Wilson, Kim Usher

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-420
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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