Skip to main content

Rural Mental Health – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Oct 2, 2019 - Providers from North Carolina examine mental health among migrant farmworkers from Mexico. Explores how a community's culture can stigmatize addressing mental health concerns and how those barriers can be broken down. See more in part 2 of this series.
Source: Blue Ridge Public Radio
Sep 30, 2019 - Opinion piece by Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, deputy director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, provides an overview of a study that investigated nearly half a million suicides in the U.S. between 1999 and 2016. Results show some people are at a higher risk, specifically those in rural areas, listing social isolation and lack of health insurance as some of the factors leading to the increase in suicide rates.
Source: NBC
Sep 24, 2019 - Covers the Integrated Behavioral Health Summit, where 300 Montana healthcare professionals met to discuss ways to improve patient care. One method featured includes adding questions regarding patient mental health to questionnaires given at primary care appointments.
Source: Montana Public Radio
Sep 12, 2019 - Highlights a partnership between public health professionals and rural firearm owners in Central Oregon to educate communities on gun safety and suicide. The Gun Shop Project was created to focus on preventing suicide and align members on both sides of the gun debate.
Source: KGW8
Sep 12, 2019 - Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council (NAC) public meeting on September 26, 2019 to be held in person and via webinar. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from SAMHSA Centers Directors, and council discussion with SAMHSA NAC members.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 11, 2019 - Provides an overview of a webinar held in Iowa, defines mental health and addresses the issues faced in rural areas. Featured speakers are Natalie Roy, executive director at AgriSafe, and Diane Hall, senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: AgriNews
Sep 10, 2019 - Provides several 24-hour resources for suicide prevention as well as statistics and other information for American Indian and Alaska Native people.
Source: Indian Health Service
Sep 10, 2019 - The National Association of County and City Health Officials released a Q&A with Carole Moehrle, the District Director of the Idaho North Central District, discussing how public health officials can identify and address rural suicide and its prevention.
Source: The National Association of County and City Health Officials
Sep 6, 2019 - According to a study published in JAMA Network Open, suicide rates for those age 25-64 have risen 41% from 1999-2016, and the rate among rural residents is 25% higher than those living in metropolitan areas.
Source: NBC News
Aug 26, 2019 - Utah has one of the highest rates death by suicide in the U.S. and a high rate of gun ownership. When those two factors collide you get a population with lethal access to lethal means, resulting in 85% of firearm deaths being suicides. And the rate in rural parts of the state is higher than in urban areas. The staff at Northeastern Counseling are trying to address the problem by distributing suicide prevention materials and resources, including gun locks and water-resistant gun socks with the Suicide Prevention Lifeline number printed on them, at local gun shows.
Source: KEUR 90.1, NPR Utah
Aug 23, 2019 - Radio interview focused on the shortage of mental health providers in rural Nebraska. Highlights a program to help retain rural providers, efforts by rural school districts to provide mental health access and address stigma, and a workforce pipeline program. Part of the "Nebraska: State of Mental Health" project.
Source: NET News
Aug 20, 2019 - Announces the release of 2018 data from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Detailed Tables include mental health and substance abuse data by Rural-Urban Continuum Codes (RUCCs).
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 10/3/2019