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News by Topic: Stigma

Sep 26, 2023 - Discusses the disparity in suicide deaths for teen boys compared to teen girls and the role that firearm access plays in the higher rate. Includes information on rate increases by race and ethnicity. Discusses rural specific issues with suicide such as stigma in accessing mental healthcare. Offers recommendations to reduce suicide by firearm through patient education from healthcare providers.
Source: The 19th
Sep 18, 2023 - Interview of 2 mental health facility administrators to describe mental healthcare access in rural Michigan. Discusses social determinants of health, access to care, recruiting workforce, stigma, transportation, and more.
Source: Model D Media
Sep 11, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC) will hold a hybrid public meeting on October 24-25, 2023. Agenda items include discussions related to HIV and Hepatitis C co-infection, payment models for addressing social determinants of health, incorporating stigma reduction in HIV care and treatment, as well as other special presentations. Registration is required.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 11, 2023 - Describes the impact of "recovery-friendly workplaces" in rural areas. Recovery-friendly workplaces are employers with policies supportive of those recovering from substance misuse. Notes that rural places can be less private and that stigma can still impact the job prospects of someone in recovery. Also discusses the economic benefits of recovery-friendly workplaces for rural areas with a small workforce pool.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 6, 2023 - Discusses depression rates in Logan County, West Virginia. A recent report found that 32% of the county's residents have been diagnosed with depression which is the highest rate in the country. Also notes that the counties with the highest rates for depression tend to be found in Appalachia. Describes the mental healthcare options in the county and how stigma contributes to low use.
Source: KFF Health News, USA Today
Aug 29, 2023 - Announcement of state grant funding for mental health awareness programs in schools and rural areas through the Illinois FFA. Notes that stigma is a concern in rural and agricultural communities. All rural Illinois counties are designated as mental health shortage areas.
Source: WTTW
Aug 16, 2023 - The Mainstream Addiction Treatment Act (MAT Act) has potential to increase opioid use disorder treatment access in rural areas. The number of healthcare professionals able to prescribe the treatment has gone from 130,000 to over 1.8 million. Education and partnerships are still needed for healthcare professionals, particularly in rural areas where there are fewer prescribers and other addiction support services.
Source: The Daily Yonder