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Rural Mental Health – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Mental Health.

An Evaluation of Firearm Injuries among Rural versus Urban Veterans: Data Validity and Early Findings
Webinar recording discussing rural and urban differences in rates of firearm injuries among veterans. Breaks down data pertaining to injuries, suicide, homicide, and unintentional fatalities related to firearms.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PDF Handout
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services Utilization
Summarizes the results of a poll conducted between April 29-May 2, 2021, regarding patients' experiences receiving mental health and substance use treatment services, including telehealth services, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examines the utilization of these services and barriers to treatment by gender, age, education, income, ethnicity, and urban-rural status. Explores the preferences of individuals seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center, Morning Consult
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Pain in the Nation: Alcohol, Drug, and Suicide Epidemics - Special Feature: COVID-19 and Trauma
Explores the effect the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent trauma it has had on rates of suicide and alcohol- and drug-induced deaths across the nation. Breaks down data by a number of indicators, such as by age, race, and rural versus urban location.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Telephone Veteran Peer Coaching for Mental Health Treatment Engagement among Rural Veterans: The Importance of Secondary Outcomes and Qualitative Data in a Randomized Controlled Trial
Presents a study of telephone motivational coaching for veterans receiving primary care in rural VA clinics in Northern California and Louisiana. Compares 272 veterans who screened positive for mental health problems, examining impacts of veteran peer motivational coaching on depression, quality of life, posttraumatic stress disorder, and self-care. Discusses barriers to mental healthcare for rural veterans.
Author(s): Karen H. Seal, Jeffrey M. Pyne, Jennifer K. Manuel, et al.
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
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Healing Our Protectors: Building Resilience Among Tribal Law Enforcement Officers Through Cultural Interventions
Report highlights behavioral health issues facing tribal law enforcement officers, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder. Details common mental health concerns for tribal law enforcement and explores the personal experience of a law enforcement officer who has served tribal communities in a number of positions. Discusses the role of cultural beliefs in behavioral health treatment and support.
Author(s): LaVonne Fox, Leo Belgarde, Sr., Thomasine Heitkamp, et al.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Building Resilience Among Physical and Behavioral Healthcare Providers During a Global Health Pandemic
Toolkit discusses burnout among physical and behavioral healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides strategies to build resilience to burnout. Defines a number of root causes to provider burnout, such as compassion fatigue, ambiguous loss, and secondary traumatic stress, among others. Discusses how rural providers, especially sole community providers, can face specific challenges during a pandemic that can lead to burnout.
Author(s): Shawnda Schroeder, Ostmo, Robin Landwehr, Andrew McLean, Thomasine Heitkamp
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Rural Suicide Prevention: Reviewing the Evidence and Gaps
Cyberseminar discusses current state of suicide prevention for rural veterans. Highlights data, risk and protective factors, and current and potential prevention practices. Details knowledge gaps and makes recommendations for researchers.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides
Author(s): Nate Mohatt
Date: 04/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health
Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan mental health HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan mental health HPSAs on another. Data source: data.HRSA.gov
Date: 04/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Family-Centered Prevention Effects on the Association Between Racial Discrimination and Mental Health in Black Adolescents: Secondary Analysis of 2 Randomized Clinical Trials
Details a study exploring the efficacy of family-centered prevention programs in protecting rural Black adolescents from the mental health consequences of racial discrimination. Highlights two programs operating in 12 rural counties in Georgia. Breaks down data for both programs by family socioeconomic risk, encountered discrimination, and depressive/anxious symptoms, among other factors.
Author(s): Gene H. Brody, Tianyi Yu, Edith Chen, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(3), e211964
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
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Healing Tool - Pocket Guide for Addressing Behavioral Health Goals in Native Communities
Provides data and strategies for addressing mental health and substance use issues in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Discusses issues around stigma, medication-assisted treatment, and traditional healing practices, among other measures, for creating culturally competent care in tribal communities.
Author(s): Shirley M. Cain
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center
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Last Updated: 6/23/2021