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News by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

This Farmer Is Taking Rural America’s Mental Health Crisis into His Own Hands
Aug 16, 2018 - Highlights the difficulty farmers and other rural residents have in accessing mental healthcare and the efforts of a farmer in rural Wisconsin to create an informal space for his fellow farmers to talk about their struggles. With high rates of suicide in the industry, the lack of access to care can be devastating.
Source: Vice News
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Where Are The Psychiatrists? Amador County And Rural California Hit Hardest By Physician Shortage.
Aug 12, 2018 - Discusses the need for mental healthcare access in rural areas of California, where the suicide rates are higher. Touches on demand for providers, transportation concerns, stigma, and telehealth as an emerging solution.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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In a State Troubled by Suicide, Teens Learn Mental Health Skills
Jul 24, 2018 - Highlights high rates of teen suicide in Montana and the introduction of the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) program in 14 public high schools, ranging from very small to very large, including three in the pilot group that were majority Native American. According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 20.8% of Montana high school students had seriously considered suicide and 9.5% had attempted suicide in the 12 months prior to the survey. 18.3% of Native American students had attempted suicide in that time. Also touches on the high demand for mental healthcare professionals in the state and efforts to expand the program to the entire state.
Source: High Country News
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Montana Is Losing Essential Mental Health Services
Jul 9, 2018 - Highlights the barriers to accessing mental and behavioral healthcare in Montana. Also touches on the history of mental healthcare in the state and on efforts to overcome those barriers. Montana spent $241 per capita on state mental health programs in 2015 and was ranked 29th in the nation. By contrast, neighboring North Dakota only spent $94 per capita and was ranked 15th.
Source: High Country News
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