Mental Health First Aid for Rural Communities
Rural communities face significant challenges in accessing mental health care. Mental Health First Aid for Rural Communities allows adults to acknowledge and begin to address those disparities, as well as identify the many unique strengths that come from living in a community of supportive neighbors, friends and families.
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Mental Health Matters in Rural Communities
of people in non-metropolitan counties experienced a mental health condition.
Approximately 1.8 million people living in rural areas reported having serious thoughts of suicide in the previous year.
Rural areas are experiencing chronic shortages of mental health professionals.
How MHFA for Rural Communities Can Help
Increases mental health and substance use literacy.
Teaches an action plan to identify and respond to signs of mental health or substance use challenges among individuals living in rural communities.
Encourages an open dialogue about mental health.
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The challenges people who live in rural communities are vastly different than those who live in urban areas. What is gained in wide, open spaces is traded for convenience. Trips to the grocery store take more planning and walking or taking public transportation is often not an option. More significant, access to medical services — including mental health care — may be sparse or non-existent. […]...