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Resources by Topic: Mental health

Addressing Social Isolation for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis
Describes the impact of social isolation brought on by the novel coronavirus on older adults' health and wellbeing. Provides examples of state efforts to address social isolation for older adults, and recommends activities and other resources to foster safe socialization during the pandemic.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: ADvancing States
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Costs of Emergency Department Visits for Mental and Substance Use Disorders in the United States, 2017
Examines the costs of emergency department (ED) visits with diagnoses of mental and substance use disorders compared to total ED visits, with data on total costs and cost per visit. Includes information by hospital location for large metropolitan, small metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas.
Author(s): Zeynal Karaca, Brian J. Moore
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Mental Health in a Pandemic: Q&A with Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt
An interview with Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center co-directors Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses telehealth, economic insecurity, broadband, and mental health under COVID-19 and self-isolation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Suicide in the Time of COVID-19: A Perfect Storm
Examines the risk of suicide in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looks at suicide rates in Kentucky and nationally and discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially increase those rates.
Author(s): Sabrina Brown, Donna L. Schuman
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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A Pandemic of Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Burden of "Social Distancing" in Rural Communities During an Era of Heightened Suicide Risk
Discusses the potentially heightened risk of suicide in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examines how decreased access to mental healthcare, economic stress, stigma, and social isolation could increase the risk of suicide in rural areas.
Author(s): Natalie B. Riblet, Susan P. Stevens, Bradley V. Watts, Brian Shiner
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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National Alliance on Mental Health: COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
Provides guidance on maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Features frequently asked questions and a number of contacts for more information.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Alliance on Mental Health
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Depression, Alcohol and Farm Stress: Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Rural America
Offers resources to help rural healthcare providers screen farmers, farmworkers, and farm families for alcohol use disorder and depression. Discusses farm stress and covers three categories of barriers to rural substance use and mental health services: accessibility, availability, and acceptability. Includes a hypothetical case scenario to illustrate the obstacles and challenges rural farm families experience when attempting to receive care for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Author(s): Maridee Shogren, Robin Landwehr, David Terry, Abby Roach-Moore, Andrew McLean
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Physician Support Line
Free and confidential peer support for physicians to discuss immediate life stressors with volunteer psychiatrist colleagues. Available 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM EST.
1-888-409-0141
Date: 04/2020
Type: Hotline
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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff (TECHS): Putting it into Practice
April 13, 2020 webinar introducing a toolkit for the benefit of frontline healthcare workers and psychosocial professionals helping to support healthcare workers who may be experiencing traumatic stress. Adapted from an intervention used for parents of children with cancer. Transcript available by clicking the three dots above the Subscribe button.
Author(s): Julia Price, Nancy Kassam-Adams, Anne Kazak
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress
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Preventing Suicide in Rural Communities During the COVID‐19 Pandemic
Explores the potentially increased risk of suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of providing mental healthcare. Highlights some of the factors related to COVID-19 that could increase the risk, such as self isolation, access to firearms, and decreased access to healthcare.
Author(s): Lindsey L. Monteith, Ryan Holliday, Talia L. Brown, Lisa A. Brenner, Nathaniel V. Mohatt
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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