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Resources by Topic: Depression

Preventing Hospitalizations in Depressed Rural Primary Care Patients
Policy brief examining whether depressed rural primary care patients are more likely than urban patients to be hospitalized for mental and physical problems. Investigates differences in hospitalization rates and if differences can be explained by specialty outpatient care. Determines whether rural patients face more insurance barriers to outpatient care.
Author(s): Scott Adams, Stan Xu, Fran Dong, Kathryn Rost
Date: 05/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Community-Level Risk Factors for Depression Hospitalizations
Examines community-level risk factors for depression hospitalizations in urban and rural counties, based on data from 14 states.
Author(s): John Fortney, Gerard Rushton, Scott Wood, et al.
Date: 09/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Mental Health Encounters in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms: A National Survey
Examines the extent to which Critical Access Hospital (CAH) emergency rooms are used as a mental health safety net. Investigates the types of cases that present with mental health problems, as well as the resources available to emergency room staff in CAHs for addressing such problems.
Additional links: Research and Policy Brief: Smallest Rural Hospitals Treat Mental Health Emergencies
Author(s): David Hartley, Erika Ziller, Stephenie Loux, et al.
Date: 09/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Depression in Rural Populations: Prevalence, Effects on Life Quality, and Treatment-Seeking Behavior
Reports on major depression in urban and rural adults and communication of symptoms to a healthcare provider.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Date: 2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Farmer Stress
Describes stressors affecting U.S. farmers, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a video conversation about farmer stress and links to resources on managing stress, seeking help, and resources for mental health providers.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Psychological Association
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Mental Health Resources for Farmers and Ranchers
A collection of articles from Successful Farming magazine that address mental health, stress, depression, and suicide.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Successful Farming
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Managing Farm Stress
A collection of resources addressing different aspects of farmer mental health. Includes information on the impact of stress, stress management, youth farm stress, opioids, and coping with grief after the loss of a farm. Also offers financial and management guides and other information for helping farmers in need.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Michigan State University Extension
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Farm Stress and Mental/Behavioral Health
A collection of resources for agricultural workers with disabilities addressing challenges such as depression, stress, addictions, and other mental/behavioral health concerns.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National AgrAbility Project
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Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Issue Guide
Learn about the mental health challenges that farmers and ranchers face, with information on the root causes of stress, farmer demographics, mental health needs, and barriers to accessing care. Find tools and examples for developing programs to help address farmer mental health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Farm and Ranch Family Stress and Depression: A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals
Lists signs of stress specific to farming, general signs of chronic stress, and signs of depression and suicidal intent. Provides guidance on how to refer a person who may be experiencing stress to get help.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Colorado State University Extension
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