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Resources by Topic: Mental health

Telehealth in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Veteran and Military Beneficiaries
Presents a study on the use of telehealth to provide mental healthcare to rural veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the Veterans Health Administration and the Defense Health Agency's use of telehealth and telemental health and their effectiveness in treating rural veterans.
Author(s): Robert D. Shura, Timothy W. Brearly, Larry A. Tupler
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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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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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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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: 05/2020
Type: Hotline
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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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2019 Louisiana Health Report Card
Provides detailed health data by parish for Louisiana. Covers cancer incidence, suicides, the opioid epidemic, infectious diseases, low birthweights and infant deaths, top causes of death, and more.
Author(s): Rebekah Gee, Alexander Billioux
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Patient Perceptions of Video Visits Using Veterans Affairs Telehealth Tablets: Survey Study
Highlights a study on the perceptions of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients on the use of video-based telehealth via VA-issued tablets. Compares perceptions of rural and urban veterans and discusses some of the healthcare needs addressed through telehealth, including mental healthcare, primary care, and rehabilitation, among others.
Author(s): Cindie Slightam, Amy J Gregory, Jiaqi Hu, et al.
Citation: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(4), e15682
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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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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