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On Back Roads Of Appalachia’s Coal Country, Mental Health Services Are As Rare As Jobs

Source
Kaiser Health News
Date
Oct 17, 2017
Summary
Highlights the difficulty of accessing mental healthcare in rural West Virginia. Residents are faced with barriers like few providers, long wait times, distance, and limited access to vehicles. With the local economy struggling, common mental health ailments like anxiety and depression can be exacerbated. This is particularly concerning because the region has high suicide rates and because lack of mental healthcare can contribute to other health issues.
Tagged as
Access · Appalachia · Behavioral health workforce · Health workforce supply and demand · Mental health · Suicide and suicide prevention · Transportation · West Virginia