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News by Topic: Mental health

Nov 24, 2020 - Summarizes research that found deaths due to the mix of substance abuse and suicides known as "diseases of despair" decreased in 2018, but mortality rates in the Ohio Valley and Appalachia are still higher than the national average. Discusses how the types of deaths have shifted in the region, with a decrease in overdoses but an increase in suicides and alcohol liver disease.
Source: WKMS
Nov 23, 2020 - Schools in New Mexico have shifted online during the COVID-19 pandemic and students in the Cuba Independent School District who lack electricity and internet feel isolated. The rural school district has kept buses running to carry assignments, art supplies, meals, and counselors who check in with students.
Source: Associated Press
Nov 19, 2020 - Summarizes a report that found one in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days of recovery. Carrie Henning-Smith, deputy director of the Rural Health Research Center, describes the possible mental health implications for rural residents, who are experiencing high infection rates and often lack access to adequate mental healthcare.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 29, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study that found the suicide rate among young people in rural areas is higher and increasing faster than urban youth, but young people in rural areas have less access to mental health treatment than their urban counterparts. Describes how COVID-19 has negatively impacted mental health.
Source: Washington State University
Oct 27, 2020 - Highlights the Coast to Forest Oregon program from Oregon State University, which aims to improve mental health and address substance use in rural communities. Describes how the program is completely remote, providing free monthly mental health first aid trainings for faculty and community partners, focusing on destigmatizing mental health challenges and early intervention.
Source: Oregon State University
Oct 8, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President to create a Coronavirus Mental Health Working Group to facilitate an "all-of-government" response to the mental-health conditions induced or exacerbated by the pandemic, including issues related to suicide prevention. This order also directs agencies to encourage current grantees to consider adopting policies that have been shown to improve mental health and reduce suicide risk and award contracts or grants to community organizations or other local entities to enhance mental-health and suicide-prevention services.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 8, 2020 - Addresses the rising stress levels in farmers and ranchers due to a string of events that have hurt profit margins. Discusses efforts to increase mental health awareness and reduce stigma in farming communities, includes information on the Rural Response Hotline dedicated to support Nebraskan farmers.
Source: The Columbus Telegram
Sep 30, 2020 - Covers how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the mental health of Native American communities in Humboldt County, California and other residents across the state. The county is already facing high rates of suicide and with the added pressures of the pandemic, wildfires, and an economic downturn, mental health providers describe a predicted "tsunami" of mental health needs and suicides.
Source: Cal Matters