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Table 3 Professional and non-professional contacts for mental health problems in the preceding 12 months (n = 1,399)

From: Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian Mining Industry

Contact type Any contacts n (%) Number of times contacted (for service users) Mean (SD) PSNI (for service users) Mean (SD)
Professional contacts:
 Drug and alcohol counselor 10 (0.7) 5.15 (5.83) 4.80 (2.66)
 Psychologist 91 (6.5) 3.64 (2.94) 4.14 (2.66)
 Mental health nurse 15 (1.1) 3.67 (4.88) 3.87 (2.83)
 Psychiatrist 39 (2.8) 3.46 (3.70) 3.46 (2.49)
 Social worker 71 (5.1) 3.00 (2.69) 3.20 (2.67)
 General Practitioner 263 (18.8) 2.48 (2.00) 3.05 (2.60)
 Specialist doctor or surgeon 45 (3.2) 2.23 (1.58) 2.56 (2.45)
 Chemist 61 (4.4) 2.48 (1.89) 2.28 (2.16)
Total Professional 325 (23.2) 5.20 (5.94) 2.94 (2.60)
Non-professional contacts:
 Clergy 18 (1.3) 3.67 (4.60) 3.44 (2.73)
 Complementary therapist 57 (4.1) 2.08 (1.44) 2.65 (2.50)
 Friend or family 561 (40.3) 4.47 (5.13) 2.44 (2.34)
Total non-professional 573 (41.0) 4.70 (5.32) 2.43 (2.34)
Any contact (professional or non-professional) 652 (46.6) 6.72 (7.65) 2.43 (2.35)