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Rural Mental Health News

News stories from the past 60 days.

West Tennessee Healthcare Collaborative Improves Behavioral Health Patients’ Access to Care, Reduces Stigma
Sep 27, 2018 - Details the work of the West Tennessee Healthcare Collaborative to identify and address behavioral health issues that impact the community. Among other things, the collaboration trained people in the use of naloxone, including in rural areas, created a space to treat pregnant women with substance use disorders in a rural area, and implemented telehealth to improve access to care.
Source: American Hospital Association
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VA Releases National Suicide Data Report for 2005-2016
Sep 26, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of veteran suicide data, which includes both national and state-level data from 2005 to 2016. Although the overall rate of veteran suicide decreased from 2015 to 2016, the rates among 18-34 year olds continues to rise. The rates of suicide are highest among this group.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Death Rates Up for 5 of the 12 Leading Causes of Death
Sep 20, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics released an annual report on the health of the nation, Health, United States, 2017. Included in this report is an in-depth special feature on mortality in America, closely examining drug overdoses, suicides, and chronic liver disease because they have contributed to life expectancy drops in recent years.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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SAMHSA’s Annual Mental Health, Substance Use Data Provide Roadmap for Future Action
Sep 17, 2018 - Announces the release of the 2017 data from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by 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: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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First Data-Driven Estimate of Number of Suicides in U.S. Hospitals
Sep 10, 2018 - Details the results of a new study, "Incidence and Method of Suicide in Hospitals in the United States," which found that approximately 49-65 hospital inpatient suicides occur each year in the U.S., with 75-80% of these being among psychiatric inpatients. This study provides the first data-driven estimate of suicides in U.S. hospitals.
Source: The Joint Commission
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PCORI Board Approves $85 Million to Support New Studies on Opioids, Cancer and Other High-Burden Conditions
Aug 21, 2018 - The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved $85 million in grants for 16 projects that will compare two or more approaches to improving care and outcomes for a range of conditions, including opioid use, cancer, depression, and stroke.
Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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This Farmer Is Taking Rural America’s Mental Health Crisis into His Own Hands
Aug 16, 2018 - Highlights the difficulty farmers and other rural residents have in accessing mental healthcare and the efforts of a farmer in rural Wisconsin to create an informal space for his fellow farmers to talk about their struggles. With high rates of suicide in the industry, the lack of access to care can be devastating.
Source: Vice News
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Last Updated: 9/28/2018