Franklin James Cook

Suicides in Farm Country Covered in “Weekly Spark”

In Mental Illness, Prevention on July 31, 2009 at 8:08 am

“Farmer suicides spotlight lack of mental health care in rural America” appears in the July 30 editon of The Weekly Spark, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) newsletter:

Crisis help lines for agricultural workers are serving an important support role for farmers in economic distress. However, accessing mental health care can be a challenge in rural farming areas, with some residents having to travel long distances to access a mental health service provider. According to Mike Rosmann (executive director of the nonprofit corporation AgriWellness), other challenges to achieving rural mental health parity include uneven training for behavioral health professionals who intend to work in rural communities, and the reimbursement structure for mental health services.

See the original story in the Iowa Independent, by freelance writer Lynda Waddington, a New Journalist Fellow with the Center for Independent Media.

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