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Rural Primary Care Tools and Resources for Managing Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19
June 2, 2020

Rural Primary Care Tools and Resources for Managing Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19

COVID-19 has created additional stress on our rural and agricultural communities who were experiencing a host of stressors prior to the pandemic. Concerns about a possible increase in deaths by suicide and serving people with suicidal ideation are the source of increased distress among rural health and mental healthcare providers. This webinar offered tools for primary care providers working in rural areas to address these concerns.



Webinar Objectives

  • Explore mental health integration tools and resources for rural primary care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Discuss the operational components of implementing suicide screening and referral to services for rural primary care providers, during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Identify local, state and national resources for rural primary care providers supporting patients with suicidal ideation. 



Thomasine Heitkamp, Principal Investigator
Co-Director, Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
Director, Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Shawnda Schroeder, Research Associate Professor
Center for Rural Health 
University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Tammy Norville, Technical Assistance Director
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Caitlin Peterson, Senior Project Associate
Suicide Prevention Resource Center

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More Resources of Farm Stress and Rural Mental Health

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