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News by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

Sep 21, 2022 - Describes challenges accessing mental healthcare for rural veterans in Wisconsin, including drive time, access to transportation, and access to broadband internet, noting that roughly 30% of rural veterans do not have internet access. Highlights efforts by the Wisconsin VA to expand services, particularly mental health services.
Source: NBC 26 Green Bay
Sep 20, 2022 - Describes initiatives through Washington State University to address rural disparities in suicide rates. Notes programming that includes workshops, outreach, pharmacist training, and community-based research in the state.
Source: WSU Insider
Sep 13, 2022 - Highlights the work of behavioral health researchers and suicide prevention organizations to expand access to mental healthcare in rural Nebraska, noting extreme mental health workforce shortages in remote areas of the state. Describes statewide suicide prevention efforts and training programs to grow the rural mental health workforce.
Source: Nebraska Public Media
Aug 24, 2022 - Describes initiatives focusing on mental health helplines for farmers and rural communities, including the AgriStress Helpline for Farmers and Ranchers through AgriSafe and 988, the new federal crisis number. Highlights the challenges that farmers and ranchers face and the experiences of one Wyoming farmer. May require a subscription to view the full article.
Source: High Country News
Aug 22, 2022 - Features a Choctaw student who raises awareness of the unique mental healthcare needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities through community classes that combine mainstream therapy with cultural teachings. Notes mental health and suicide disparities in AI/AN populations and the role of community and culture in addressing stigma and intergenerational trauma.
Source: KOSU
Aug 9, 2022 - Announces the launch Missouri Department of Agriculture's AgriStress Helpline in response to a rural mental health crisis in the state. Notes a 50% faster growth in suicide rates in rural Missouri compare to urban counties, and describes mental health challenges specific to rural agricultural communities.
Source: News Tribune
Aug 7, 2022 - Describes challenges to meet the mental and behavioral health needs of Maine, noting that hospital emergency rooms are met with increasing suicide rates and mental health emergencies. Discusses efforts by state leadership and health education training programs to support the mental health workforce in the state, particularly in rural areas.
Source: The Maine Monitor