Rural Mental Health Resources


Rural Health Information Hub (RHI hub)

The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. They are committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities.  The RHIhub is your guide to improving health for rural residents—they provide access to current and reliable resources and tools to help you learn about rural health needs and work to address them.  It is supported by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Learn more HERE and also learn more about Rural Mental Health HERE.

University of Washington Psychiatry Consultation Line (877-WA-PSYCH)

The UW Psychiatry Consultation Line (PCL) helps eligible providers who are seeking advice regarding patients with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The program is fast, free, and connects community providers to psychiatrists at the University of Washington.

SAMSHA's Rural Opioid Technical Assistance (ROTA)

The purpose of this program is to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for rural communities on addressing opioid issues affecting these communities.

The grantees facilitate the identification of model programs, develop and update materials related to the prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD), and ensure that high-quality training is provided.

American Farm Bureau Rural Resilience

Resources on the American Farm Bureau website to help farmers and rural family members manage stress and respond to warning signs of mental illness in the current environment of increased stress in rural communities. 


Rural Prep: Adverse Childhood Experiences

This team-based, active-learning event features Neal Bowen, PhD, the Chief Mental Health Officer at Hidalgo Medical Services in Lordsburg, NM. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) studies have demonstrated that certain types of events, occurring prior to the age of 18, have significant predictive validity with respect to an array of negative health outcomes throughout the lifespan. In the 20 years since the original studies were published, a great deal has been learned about the biological, behavioral, and genetic pathways leading to these outcomes. Addressing ACEs and their effects on clinical practice may be different in a rural community. This session will address those unique aspects of rural practice.


Rural Prep: Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox in a Rural Setting

This team-based, active-learning event features Kim Kardonsky, MD, the director of the University of Washington Underserved Pathway (UPATH) and Targeted Rural and Underserved Scholars Track (TRUST) and Dave Evans, MD, the program director for University of Washington Family Medicine Residency and Rosenblatt Family Endowed Professor in Rural Health at the University of Washington. Alcohol abuse is a common problem in all communities. Rural providers may be called upon to manage alcohol abuse and its consequences in ways that are different from better-resourced environments.


Cultural Elements of Native Mental Health with a Focus on Rural Issues

Improving mental health care for Native people in rural areas is the focus of this 90-minute webinar presented by the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC in collaboration with the Northwest MHTTC.

Adapting Oregon’s Collaborative Specialty Care Program, the EASA to Rural and Frontier Settings

This webinar recording examines Oregon’s early psychosis model, Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA), and adaptations and lessons learned from rural and frontier site development and implementation. Adaptations include cultural frameworks specific to rural and frontier regions, technology, role and task-driven staffing pattern, training, access, community outreach, engagement, and mobilizing existing agency and community resources. This recording is apart of the Rural Mental Health Learning Community via Ideas@TheInstitute. 

To see a PDF of the presentation, click here

Rural Prep: Supporting Rural Programs Through Telehealth: Training, Supervision, and Collaborative Mental Health Care

A growing body of literature supports telehealth as an effective, well-accepted, and cost-effective platform to deliver mental health treatment to those who may not otherwise be able to access such treatment. Just as telehealth serves as an effective bridge to providing care to individuals that may have access challenges, telehealth technologies have the potential to offer rural programs training opportunities that may be otherwise inaccessible. This webinar will review innovative telehealth models, methods, and services that are particularly relevant to rural programs, including: collaborative care, consultation, telesupervision, and tech-facilitated learning.

Rural Behavioral Health Webinars

Produced by Rural Behavioral Health

A number of webinars addressing behavioral health issues of young people in rural settings.

Inaugural NIH Rural Health Seminar

This seminar from Nov. 18, 2019 brings together researchers, medical practitioners, and others to explore topics in rural health and to share research ideas for how innovations in clinical and translational science could improve rural health outcomes. It is a collaborative event co-sponsored by NCATS, NIMH and NIMHD, with additional contributions from NCI, NHLBI, NIA, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIGMS and NINR. 


Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Article, from Rural Health Information Hub, with guide and videos responding the rising mental health crisis in farming communities. It is designed to provide information about federal, state, and nonprofit resources and promising programs in rural communities that are addressing mental health needs in these populations. 

Preparing Physicians for Rural Practice: Availability of Rural Training in Rural-Centric Residency Programs

Exposing residents to rural training encourages future rural practice, but unified accreditation of allopathic and osteopathic graduate medical education under one system by 2020 has uncertain implications for rural residency programs. Conclusions were that In multiple specialties important for rural health care systems, little rurally located residency training and rural-specific content was available. Substantial proportions of training locations reported to be rural were actually urban according to a common rural definition.

Geographic Variation in the Supply of Selected Behavioral Health Providers

Article from the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center at the University of Washington School of medicine about a study examining the supply of psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners, based on geographic location. The conclusions were that providers are unequally distributed throughout the U.S. Disparities exist across Census Divisions and geographic categories. 

A Deeper Look at the CDC Findings on Farm Suicides

Article from a 2018 National Farmers Union blog about a 2016 CDC study suggesting that those in farming, fishing and forestry occupations experienced a rate of suicide that was nearly five times that of the general population. 

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