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Models to Enhance Acceptability of Mental Health Services

Acceptability of mental health refers to a person's perception and judgment of mental health services, including trust in healthcare providers, perceptions of whether mental health services are reasonable or necessary, and potential stigma associated with seeking those services. People living in rural communities may struggle with acceptability of mental health services due to lack of anonymity and lack of care that acknowledges their values and beliefs. When rural communities work to enhance acceptability, and decrease stigma and negative perceptions around mental health, they may increase the number of people who feel comfortable accessing mental health services.

This section describes two models to enhance acceptability in rural areas.

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