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Improving Mental Health Service Access for Farming and Rural Communities

Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
Publication Date: Jun 11, 2020

Improving Mental Health Service Access for Farming and Rural Communities: Three-part series

This three-part series is a partnership between the American Psychological Association (APA), the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in Region 5 and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in Region 8. The purpose is to collaborate and disseminate information to better address the mental health needs surrounding the farming and American frontier communities, through psychological science and research.

 

Session one: Improving Mental Health Care by Understanding the Culture of Farming and Rural Communities

Date: June 25, 2020

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm MT

 

Session two: Approaching and Treating Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities

Date: July 02, 2020

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm MT

 

Session three: Providing Mental Health Telehealth Services in Farming and Rural Communities

Date: July 09, 2020

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm MT

 

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Session one: Improving Mental Health Care by Understanding the Culture of Farming and Rural Communities

This webinar will address the mental health crisis and unique stressors caused by COVID-19 within farming and rural/frontier communities. Presenters will speak about the ways health practitioners and community leaders should address stigma, stressors, mental risk factors, and provide treatment resources in these communities. Participants will learn about improving mental health engagement and the unique aspects of providing services within these communities while also getting a "boots-on-the-ground" perspective on mental health care for farmers.

 

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Session Goals

  • Address stressors, risk factors, social capital, and treatment resources in rural/frontier communities that mental health professionals should be aware of.
  • Provide a premier on the unique economic aspects of agricultural production.
  • What are the unique aspects of providing mental health services to farmer/ranchers and their families?

 

Trainers

  • Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC
  • Kristi Phillips, PsyD

Session two: Approaching and Treating Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Farming and Rural Communities

This webinar will discuss co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in farming and rural communities. Speakers will outline the prevalence of mental health and substance use co-occurring disorders, linking research to the real-world impact of these disorders. Presenters will also touch on the impact of COVID-19 within these communities. Participants will learn how primary care providers can screen and identify signs and symptoms as well as potential treatment plans.

 

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Session Goals

  • Co-occurring disorders of mental health condition and substance use.
  • How can PCP screen and address these issues?
  • Identify how and why co-occurring disorders may occur and what the signs are.

     

    Trainer

    • Maridee Shogren, CNM, DNP
    • Rebecca Roller, PhD

    Session three: Providing Mental Health Telehealth Services in Farming and Rural Communities

    This webinar will address how the COVID-19 pandemic affects access to care, specifically mental health services. Presenters will discuss how access to care is critical for farming and rural and frontier communities and highlight the unique barriers these communities face. Presenters will also provide information about telehealth service and resources, and how best practices developed prior and during the pandemic may provide longer-term solutions to mental health care access for farmers and rural communities. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how telehealth services work and how these services are implemented in real-world settings.

     

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    Session Goals

    • Describe the impact of COVID-19 on access to telehealth in rural communities.
    • What are the unique issues related to access to telehealth in rural communities (tie back to rural culture)?
    • How can telehealth address concerns about stigma in access to treatment?
    • How can we work best with schools to advance telehealth in rural communities?

     

    Trainer

    • Holly J. Roberts, PhD
    • Deborah C. Baker, JD
    • Stephen Gillaspy, PhD

     

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