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Journal Article: Rural–Urban Mental Health Disparities during COVID-19

Nicole M. Summers-Gabr, American Psychological Association
Publication Date: Jul 23, 2020

Rural-Urban Mental Health Disparities in the United States During COVID-19

More than 20 million people in the United States do not have broadband access. In rural communities, where broadband access is less likely, COVID-19 has imposed a different set of barriers to healthcare access. Social distancing can increase feelings of isolation and loneliness and put individuals at risk of depression. Telehealth is one method of healthcare delivery to rural areas but is a luxury not readily available for all U.S. residents. “From a mental health perspective, lack of broadband access during COVID-19 intensifies the vicious cycle of poverty and mental health across generations.”

 

Full article: Rural–Urban Mental Health Disparities in the United States During COVID-19