Topics: Mental health

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The Rural-ness of Social Isolation: Information from Recent Public Health Research

Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith presenting research findings.


Considered social determinants of health, social isolation and loneliness impact health. The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center’s Deputy Director, Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, explains how these determinants impact rural Americans based on information from her team’s recent studies.

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July 10, 2019

Preventing Farmer Suicides through Helplines and Farm Visits

Meg Moynihan, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Senior Advisor of Strategy & Innovation, on her organic dairy farm. Photograph by Cory Ryan, courtesy of UMN School of Public Health


Difficult economic conditions have caused many farmers to experience high levels of stress and a sense of hopelessness about saving their business and way of life. The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline and NY FarmNet are working to improve farmers’ mental health and prevent suicides.

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May 15, 2019

Rising from the Ashes: How Trauma-Informed Care Nurtures Healing in Rural America

Dr. Bird Gilmartin with a patient


Wildfires. Child abuse. Sexual assault. The negative and ongoing effects of these experiences are the reason communities and medical providers are using an approach called trauma-informed care. This article features ways trauma is understood and treated in a rural community, a Wyoming pediatrician’s clinic, and for nurses providing assault exams.

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April 17, 2019

Together We Can Be Bully Free: CAH and Law Enforcement Address Peer Victimization through School-Based Program

Students listen to a Together We Can Be Bully Free presentation in Farmerville, Louisiana.


The connection between bullying and youth suicide in rural Union Parish, Louisiana, led a Critical Access Hospital to create an anti-bullying program. Together with local law enforcement, they teach students in elementary through high school the negative effects of peer victimization and how to model positive social behavior.

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July 25, 2018

Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health

Buncombe County classroom "Calm Spot"


Studies show that the more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) one has, the higher the risk of chronic health conditions, anxiety disorders, low life potential, and even early death. A sense of urgency for early intervention spurred one western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin to act. Read more about how their programs confront ACEs and build resiliency to overcome them.

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September 20, 2017

Online Screening Helps Michigan Men Gauge Mental Health

Jeff Elhart (left) and his brother, Wayne.


For the past few decades, suicide rates for working-aged men have been at a steep incline. Healthy Men Michigan is a unique campaign that evaluates the risk of depression and suicide in Michigan men through an anonymous online survey. Male-dominated industries and other organizations are drawn to the campaign’s creative methods that appeal to working-aged men.

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June 28, 2017

Coming Full Circle

Paula Lynch and Jeanne Berryman, HopeWest volunteers


After losing her son, Paula Lynch was helped by HopeWest Hospice’s Mending Hearts adult grief support program. She now gives back by helping others as she was helped.

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May 13, 2015