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News by Topic: Mental health

Jun 23, 2020 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health launched the MENTAL Health Challenge to combat social isolation and loneliness in older adults, veterans, and people with disabilities. $750,000 in prizes will be awarded for the development of an easy-to-use online system that can help users connect and engage with their community, based on their interests and needs.
Source: Administration for Community Living
Jun 19, 2020 - Highlights groups that are helping to address mental and behavioral health issues among Native American communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how the disease has disproportionately affected Native communities and discusses the importance of connecting with others when coping with psychological distress.
Source: Cronkite News
Jun 16, 2020 - COVID-19 social distancing measures have increased difficulties for LGBTQ youth as they are cut off from life-affirming social connections. Discusses how social isolation puts LGBTQ youth at risk for depression and anxiety; highlights the potential for telehealth to help those in rural communities, where it can be hard to find LGBTQ-friendly counseling.
Source: American Heart Association
Jun 15, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on the Shortage Areas website and are current as of May 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 9, 2020 - Announcement of funding from the Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to support collaborative railroad trespasser suicide prevention strategies. Applications are due by August 10, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 8, 2020 - The Journal for Rural Health, the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) scholarly journal, announced its 2020 Article of the Year, "Utilization of Interactive Clinical Video Telemedicine by Rural and Urban Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration Health Care System." The article explores the potential uses of clinical video telemedicine (CVT) in integrated healthcare systems, highlighting the use of CVT in the Veterans Health Administration and how its increased access to care for rural veterans.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Jun 3, 2020 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) launched the Farm State of Mind campaign on their website, which aims to reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health in rural and farming communities. Includes information on AFBF's Rural Resilience Training Program, an online training program to help those who interact with farmers and ranchers recognize signs of stress and offer resources.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Jun 1, 2020 - Discusses research that shows suicide rates in America have been rising for the past two years and are expected to continue to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts and researchers explain how a lack of access to mental healthcare in rural areas and a combination of economic failure, unemployment, social isolation, and uncertainty could result in additional deaths of despair.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 20, 2020 - Addresses the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on America's farmers as they face additional stress and financial instability. Mental health advocates worry about the effects the pandemic will have on farmers and their families, including the potential for increased suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Source: Side Effects Public Media
May 19, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a challenge competition to highlight local innovations to improve postpartum mental healthcare for rural Americans. AHRQ will award five success stories and two new program proposals for a total of $175,000. Submissions are due in September 2020.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality