De­pres­sion hooks fish­ers

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WORK­ERS in the fish­ing in­dus­try en­dure lev­els of psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress al­most dou­ble that of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, an Aus­tralian study has found.

Of al­most 1000 commercial fish­ers in a Deakin Univer­sity sur­vey, 19 per cent were bat­tling de­pres­sion, com­pared with the na­tional rate of 10 per cent.

An­thro­pol­o­gist Dr Tanya King said the re­sults were con­fronting but not sur­pris­ing after years of anec­do­tal ev­i­dence of de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and suicide among fish­ers.

Many re­spon­dents felt their work was “cul­tur­ally un­der­val­ued”, the re­search found.

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