Fighting the fires within - breaking down the barriers to mental health help-seeking among emergency services personnel experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder and psychological distress

Wavne Rikkers

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

First responders experience mental health conditions at twice the rate of the general population. They remain reluctant to seek help due to workplace stigma and career concerns. The aim of this study was to explore more deeply the barriers to help-seeking in this population in order to identify patterns or characteristics associated with these barriers, with a view to identifying possible solutions. The thesis comprises one qualitative and three quantitative studies which identified two findings which are unique in the literature, one related to how barriers are reported and the other to a new type of treatment model.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Chapman, Elaine, Supervisor
  • Lawrence, David, Supervisor
  • Houghton, Stephen, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date22 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022

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