Module 1: Introduction to Mental Health
Although rates of mental health conditions are
similar in urban and rural areas across the United States, rural communities have less availability of screening,
treatment, and recovery services due to unique issues, such as workforce shortages and transportation obstacles.
This module provides an overview of mental health as well as an introduction to some of the unique challenges
facing isolated communities. Additionally, this module will provide insight into important background
information needed to implement programming and improve mental health in rural communities.
For general information on what to consider as you start your program, see Creating a Program: Where to Begin in the
Rural Community Health Toolkit.
In this module: