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Resources by Topic: Mental health

Suicide and Alcohol: Do Outlets Play a Role?
Results of a study to determine whether the number of alcohol outlets in local and adjacent areas, including rural areas, was related over time to suicide and suicide attempts.
Author(s): Fred W. Johnson, Paul J. Gruenewald, Lillian G. Remer
Citation: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33(12), 2124-2133
Date: 12/2009
Type: Document
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Rural-Urban Differences in Depression Care
Assesses the association between rurality and depression care. Compares the use of depression treatment, treatment type (pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy), and quality of care for rural and urban areas among individuals reporting depression.
Author(s): John C. Fortney, Jeffrey S. Harman, Stanley Xu, Fran Dong
Date: 10/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Differences in Prescribing Patterns of Psychotropic Medication for Children and Adolescents between Rural and Urban Prescribers
Examines changes in psychotropic drug prescriptions to rural and urban youth over time. Includes data for type of medication, prescriber (psychiatrist, generalist, other), and top prescribed drugs for Caucasians and minorities.
Author(s): Scott J. Adams, Stan Xu, Fran Dong
Date: 10/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Distance Education Training in Behavioral Health: A Rural Primary Care Needs Assessment and Pilot Webcast
Examines the interest of rural primary care providers (PCPs) in learning about mental health issues, particularly through online distance education. Documents the most pressing self-identified behavioral health training needs in rural areas and reports on the effectiveness of providing tailored online training opportunities.
Author(s): Mimi McFaul, Dennis Mohatt, Jim Ciarlo, John M. Westfall
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Addressing Suicide Potential and Prevention in Rural and Frontier Areas: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers
Provides an overview of suicide in rural areas and discusses the role of primary care providers in suicide prevention. Focuses on identifying high risk rural counties and equipping rural primary providers to care for suicidal patients. Includes suicide risk data for five states based on rurality.
Author(s): Mimi McFaul, Jim Ciarlo, Jean Demmler, Christa Smith, Tamara DeHay
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Rationale and Design: Telepsychology Service Delivery for Depressed Elderly Veterans
Describes a study and medical trial that will work to provide telepsychology services for depressed, elderly veterans living in rural America.
Author(s): Leonard E. Egede, Christopher B. Frueh, Lisa K. Richardson, et al.
Citation: Trials, 10, 22
Date: 04/2009
Type: Document
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Rural Children Don't Receive the Mental Health Care They Need
Examines rural/urban differences in the use of children's mental health services, focusing on how family income, health insurance coverage, and mental health status affect these differences. Attempts to identify the mental health needs of children ages 6 to 17, the percentage of children with an identified mental health need that utilized a mental health service in the past year, and the role of family income and health insurance in determining the use of mental health services by children.
Author(s): David Lambert, Erika C. Ziller, Jennifer D. Lenardson
Date: 01/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Strategies for Suicide Prevention in Veterans
Presents research that explores various veteran suicide prevention strategies and how promising they might be. Strategies include programs for outreach, counseling, and treatment coordination. Addresses the difference in suicide prevalence among veterans in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Paul Shekelle, Steven Bagley, Brett Munjas
Date: 01/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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The Association Between Rural Residence and the Use, Type, and Quality of Depression Care
Reports on the link between rurality and the preference for using pharmacotherapy, rather than psychotherapy, to treat depression among rural populations. Also examines whether individuals with depression in rural areas receive lower quality care than their urban counterparts due to the lack of mental health specialists in rural areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): John C. Fortney, Jeffrey S. Harman, Stanley Xu, Fran Dong
Date: 2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance: Pacific Island United States Territories, 2007
Summarizes results from surveys of students in grades 9-12 conducted in five territories: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau, during January-June 2007.
Author(s): Jaclynn Lippe, Nancy Brener, Laura Kann. et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summary, 57(SS12), 28-56
Date: 11/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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