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News by Topic: Mental health

Feb 20, 2020 - Covers a panel discussion at the Hope in the Heartland conference on mental health challenges for farmers and others in the agricultural industry. A veterinarian and two farm owners discuss their own experiences and describe the importance of addressing stigma, maintaining privacy, and reaching out to farmers where they are.
Source: Hays Post
Feb 20, 2020 - Summarizes a report that found the number of children using mental health services in Vermont has doubled over the past 20 years. Describes how the trend can be attributed to a cultural shift in how we view mental health, but explains the necessity for greater access to mental health services in rural and underserved areas.
Source: The Middlebury Campus
Feb 14, 2020 - Addresses stress in the agricultural industry, describes how those who work in agriculture are more likely to have stress-related issues such as heart disease, hypertension, and mental health concerns. Discusses the various factors that lead to stress and the importance of taking mental health seriously. (May require subscription to view full article).
Source: High Plains Journal
Feb 12, 2020 - Summarizes a data analysis of messages sent to Crisis Text Line over six years, identifying the states most affected by depression, suicide, and anxiety. Describes a correlation between rurality and seeking help through the mental health text line and analyzes disparities among women, LGBTQ youth, and people of color.
Source: Insider
Feb 9, 2020 - Summarizes a report that found Missouri has limited access to mental healthcare for those in the agricultural workforce and especially in the state's 99 rural counties. Describes the need for mental health professionals, increased technology, and other resources to overcome barriers to access.
Source: New Tribune
Feb 9, 2020 - Highlights a VA program in North Dakota that is focused on training community clergy to support rural veterans' mental health. The program has four modules that help trainees understand and address military culture, family life, mental healthcare, and networking.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Jan 30, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a web conference of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on February 12, 2020, which will be open to the public during the afternoon. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. Agenda items for the public portion of the meeting include a systematic review of literature on HIV prevention, cardiovascular disease prevention and control, and a proposal for new reviews on mental health, sleep health, or tobacco prevention and control.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2020 - Oregon's highest suicide rate is among its elderly population, especially for those in rural areas. Examines the effect of isolation and access to firearms on the increasing suicide rate.
Source: Eugene Weekly
Jan 30, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study in which farmers were asked to identify what they perceived as hazards and stressors in their job. Responses were used to better understand how to reduce injury and illnesses in Midwestern farmers. Top safety concerns were farm chemical safety and specific health conditions, with the majority of farmers identifying finances as their top stressor.
Source: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
Jan 30, 2020 - Addresses the shortage of professionals in the social work field across the country, especially in rural areas. Analyzes some challenges the workforce faces in filling social work positions, describes how the need for the profession has increased, and identifies a few solutions to filling the gap.
Source: The Realtime Report