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News by Topic: Mental health

Jan 20, 2022 - Announces $103 million in funding to support mental health and wellness in the healthcare workforce, with a focus on rural and underserved communities. Discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on burnout in the healthcare workforce and provides information on the 3 programs that have been awarded funding
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 12, 2022 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing updates to the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule, a HRSA-supported guideline for infants, children, and adolescents for purposes of ensuring that non-grandfathered group and individual health insurance issuers provide coverage without cost sharing under the Public Health Service Act.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 10, 2022 - Discusses the hardships facing youth who have lost parents to COVID-19, particularly the impacts on underserved and rural communities. Addresses the need for mental health and economic support for youth who have lost parents, and legislative efforts at the state level to support mental healthcare access.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Jan 5, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requiring covered text providers to support text messaging to 988, the 3-digit dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This rule is effective on February 4, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 5, 2022 - Announces a new research poll from the American Farm Bureau Federation that examines stigma and willingness to seek help for mental health issues for rural adults, farmers, and farm workers. Notes a decrease in stigma but that it is still a factor in agricultural communities, that farmers are more comfortable discussing stress and mental health issues with family, friends, and their doctors than in 2019, and that stress and mental health challenges are more frequent for rural adults and farmers than a year ago.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Jan 5, 2022 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking comment on a proposed regulatory revision to eliminate copayments for outpatient care and lower copayments for medications dispensed to veterans identified by the VA as being at high risk for suicide. Comments are due by March 7, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 3, 2022 - Describes the need for mental health services in rural North Dakota and highlights a couple who returned to their hometown to open a counseling center. Notes that with the center staffing the only therapist in the county, the ratio of providers to the overall population is 1 to 3,982 and that the state ratio is 1 to 510. Discusses rural-specific factors impacting mental health issues, including alcohol misuse, stigma related to suicide and mental health struggles, and isolation. May require subscription to view the article.
Source: InForum
Jan 2, 2022 - Discusses a training program hosted by researchers from Western Kentucky University for healthcare professionals called CRUSHing Farmer Suicide (Cultural Respect, Understanding, Sensitivity, and Humility), and highlights the challenges in providing mental health services to farmers and agricultural communities. Notes limitations in data on farmer suicide attributed to stigma related to mental health issues in farm communities.
Source: WKU Public Radio
Dec 28, 2021 - Describes a weekly breakfast group in rural Searcy, Arkansas that gathers veterans and serves as a test program for groups that could approach post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and offer educational programs for recognizing signs of depression and suicide risk. Notes disparities in suicide risk for rural veterans and the importance of conversation and social connection to addressing PTSD.
Source: THV 11
Dec 23, 2021 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) correcting the November 4, 2021, notice accepting applications for a component of the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP) Program: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention (SPIP). This correcting notice outlines the addition of the statement of need to the project narrative.
Source: Federal Register