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News by Topic: Mental health

Jun 11, 2021 - Notice of proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will require covered text providers to support text messaging to 988, the 3-digit dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The FCC is seeking comment on this proposal and related issues, such as the text message formats that covered text providers must transmit to 988 and the time frame for implementation. Comments are due by July 12, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 1, 2021 - Describes how extreme drought conditions have impacted the mental health of Colorado's farmers. Summarizes research that found the farmer suicide rate has increased as drought conditions worsen. Discusses how a lack of behavioral health services in agricultural and rural communities compounds mental health issues.
Source: Cronkite News
May 28, 2021 - Provides the prospective of a physician in rural New York who worked 12-hour days, 7 days a week throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As the area eases into a less critical stage, attention turns to patients with under-managed diseases during the last year, the mental health challenges of front-line healthcare workers, and the potential for rural health system changes as a result of the pandemic.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 24, 2021 - Highlights Oklahoma's Project AWARE, also known as Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education, which is supported by a federal grant to increase providers and support for student mental health needs in six rural school districts located in areas described as mental health deserts by the state mental health and education departments. Describes challenges school districts are encountering when searching for and hiring licensed professional counselors, especially given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Oklahoma Watch
May 20, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the availability of $14.2 million from the American Rescue Plan to expand Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) projects into new states and tribal areas. The new projects aim to increase access to pediatric mental healthcare by integrating telehealth services into pediatric primary care.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 18, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding will be allocated to the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program (SABG). Each program will disburse $1.5 billion to states and territories to help communities grappling with mental health and substance use needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 11, 2021 - Describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of farmers and ranchers in rural Colorado and identifies challenges to mental healthcare, such as stigma and lack of services. Highlights efforts and legislation to improve mental health services offered to rural residents and destigmatize mental health needs and resources.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 11, 2021 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold two public virtual listening sessions to seek input on implementing section 201 of the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019. The listening sessions will help to inform the VA's development of the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP), which aims to reduce veteran suicide through a three-year community-based grant program that would provide financial assistance to eligible entities to provide or coordinate providing suicide prevention services to eligible veterans and their families.
Source: Federal Register
May 3, 2021 - The American Farm Bureau Federation launched Farm State of Mind, an online directory of resources for farmers, ranchers, and their families who are experiencing stress and mental health challenges. The directory includes listings for crisis hotlines and support lines, counseling services, training opportunities, podcasts, videos, published articles, and resources in every U.S. state specific to the needs of those in agricultural and rural communities.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Apr 21, 2021 - Discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with eating disorders. Experts in West Virginia describe factors that can lead to the development of eating disorders, including limited access to affordable food – an issue persistent in rural America.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting