Rural Project Examples: Stress and stress disorders
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Updated/reviewed December 2019
- Need: To help people with chronic conditions learn how to manage their health.
- Intervention: A small-group 6-week workshop for individuals with chronic conditions to learn skills and strategies to manage their health.
- Results: Participants have better health and quality of life, including reduction in pain, fatigue, and depression.
STAIR (Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation)
Updated/reviewed January 2023
- Need: To increase access to telemental health services for rural veterans, especially women, with a history of trauma.
- Intervention: STAIR (Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation) is a 10-week program designed to reduce PTSD and depression symptoms and increase emotional regulation and social functioning in clients.
- Results: Therapists reported that clients attended more sessions when offered via teleconferencing, and clients reported satisfaction with the program.
Health without Borders
Updated/reviewed December 2022
- Need: To improve the health of communities in the south central region of New Mexico.
- Intervention: A program was developed to specifically address diabetes prevention and control, behavioral healthcare, and immunization in Luna County.
- Results: During the program, 1,500 immunizations were distributed, baseline measurements of participants improved, and 935 new patients were seen for behavioral health issues.
Other Project Examples
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline
Updated/reviewed July 2021
- Need: To connect farmers in stress with needed resources.
- Intervention: The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline and website connect callers with counselors, help with daily living (like childcare or food assistance), and financial/legal advice.
- Results: In 2020, the helpline received 104 calls, and the website had more than 7,000 visits.
Sowing the Seeds of Hope
Updated/reviewed November 2020
- Need: Agriculture workers and their families have high rates of psychological distress and suicide, but limited access to mental health services.
- Intervention: The "Sowing the Seeds of Hope" (SSoH) program was created to provide affordable and culturally appropriate mental health services to individuals working in agriculture and their families in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
- Results: The regional program ran from 1999-2014 and successfully established a variety of interventions to help individuals in rural communities access behavioral health services.
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