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Removing barriers to rural mental health care


Though mental health issues are certainly not exclusive to those living and working in rural communities, the barriers to receiving care for those needs are definitely higher for rural residents than their urban counterparts.

In "Mental Health: Overlooked and Disregarded in Rural America," published by the Center for Rural Affairs in May 2009, the barriers to mental health services in rural areas were said to "revolve around issues of availability and accessibility."

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers and editor of MN Boomers magazine for the past 13 years. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 847-3151