Study finds climate change triggers mental health problems for farmers

A study has found that farmers' mental health is being negatively impacted as weather patterns become more erratic and unpredictable.

Over a two-year period, Murdoch University post doctorate associate Neville Ellis interviewed 22 farmers from the Wheatbelt town of Newdegate, in Western Australia's Great Southern, about how they were responding emotionally and psychologically to climate change.

Mr Ellis specifically chose the Wheatbelt because it is one of the most climate change-affected parts of Australia, having lost 20 per cent of its winter rainfall since the 1970s.

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