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Rural Mental Health – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Mental Health.

Anxiety, Depression, and Access to Mental Health Care by Sexual Orientation and Rurality
Presents a study on rates of anxiety and depression by sexual orientation in relation to access to mental healthcare. Compares rates of anxiety and depression between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual individuals in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Courtney Sarkin, Mariana Tuttle, Gilbert Gonzales
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Recent Trends in Mental Health and Substance Use Concerns Among Adolescents
Report highlights the state of adolescent mental health and substance use across the country. Breaks down rates of suicides, drug use, drug-related deaths, and other behavioral health issues by race, sex, and sexual orientation, as well as by rurality.
Author(s): Nirmita Panchal, Robin Rudowitz, Cynthia Cox
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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A Look at Suicide Rates Ahead of 988 Launch—A National Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline
Issue brief examining suicide rates between 2010 and 2020 by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and rurality based on CDC WONDER data. Describes the development of the federal 988 crisis number and potential challenges for the initiative to address the mental health needs of rural and underserved populations.
Author(s): Heather Saunders, Nirmita Panchal
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Answering The Call: 988 - A New Vision for Crisis Response
Discuss three areas important to implementing the 988 mental health crisis response number and behavioral health crisis response: interagency collaboration, the behavioral health workforce, and financing. Offers policy recommendations for developing a comprehensive crisis response system. Discusses rural considerations and challenges throughout.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Non-Metropolitan and Metropolitan Trends in Mental Health Treatment Availability in Community Health and Community Mental Health Centers
Results of a study showing how the supply of community mental health centers (CMHCs) and community health centers (CHCs) offering mental health services changed over time, in non-metropolitan and metropolitan areas. Features statistics with breakdowns by year from 2000-2019 and by metropolitan and non-metropolitan location.
Author(s): Tyrone F. Borders, Timothy Williams, Katherine Youngen, Julia Cecil
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Focus on School-based Mental Health for Rural Central Virginia's Youth
Policy brief highlighting the increasing need for mental health care among the rural youth population of central Virginia and in the U.S. in general. Explores the effect that pandemic-related school shutdowns have had on youth mental health, and the stigma surrounding mental health care in rural areas. Features statistics on suicide rates per 100,000 population with breakdowns by sex and rural or urban location, and student to school psychologist ratios from 2019-2020 with breakdowns by state.
Author(s): Sety Abooali
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia State Office of Rural Health
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On the Farm
Documentary miniseries explores mental health and substance misuse on the American farm. Discusses the factors that contribute to psychological stress and substance use in farm families. Features interviews with experts as well as farmers and their families.
Additional links: Film Website
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Mississippi State University
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Characteristics of Suicide Among Farmers and Ranchers: Using the CDC NVDRS 2003-2018
Presents a study on farmer and rancher suicide and mental health. Details rates of suicide and thoughts of suicide by demographic information, such as age, race, and sex, and explores generational trends of suicide and mental health issues in farm families.
Author(s): Cristina D. M. Miller, Josie M. Rudolphi
Citation: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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State Medicaid Managed Care and Access to Rural Behavioral Health Services
Details how states with Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) are using MCO contract language to increase access to behavioral healthcare through service access requirements, provider network requirements, and telehealth utilization policies. Includes links to available MCO contracts and requests for applications.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Bringing Mental Health Services to Rural Residents
Describes how rural areas are using teams of lay mental health workers and mental health professionals to provide mental health services. Features a new library initiative in Texas and an established crisis line in Georgia.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Last Updated: 6/30/2022