This website addresses the behavioral health care needs of rural agricultural communities. It provides information about behavioral health programs, rural helplines, available resources and trainings, and Healthy Farmer newsletters.
American Psychological Association (APA) Rural Resources
The APA provides a list of resources focused on the psychological needs of rural communities. Links are included to scholarly journals and information on research, grants, and telehealth guidelines, as well as to associations and agencies focusing on rural health issues.
Journal of Rural Community Psychology (JRCP)
The JRCP is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published in electronic form (no subscription required) by Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Resources, Web Pages, and Internet Links for Faith Communities
This part of the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides links and information about resources for faith communities that wish to gain a better understanding of mental illnesses and how they can assume a supportive role toward people with these illnesses.
Rural Health Research Gateway
This online resource provides access to all of the research and findings of the nine Office of Rural Health Policy–funded rural health research centers and analysis initiatives. Its aim is to "help policymakers better understand the problems that rural communities face in accessing quality, affordable health care, and leading healthier lives."
Telemental Health Guide
This guide was developed by the University of Colorado Denver with funding support from the Center for Mental Health Services. As described on the website, "the Telemental Health Guide provides information that is essential for addressing the critical perceptual, technical, administrative, clinical, and policy issues that have impeded a greater expansion in telemental health services." The guide also has some helpful interactive online tools addressing issues such as room setup.
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Center for Rural Health
Established in 1980 and housed at the University of North Dakota, the Center for Rural Health provides information on rural health policy, research, education, and community development.
Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Program for Rural Health Care Providers
This site provides information about the Rural Health Care Program, which supports health care providers serving rural communities by funding telecommunication services necessary for the provision of health care.
Idaho State University, Institute of Rural Health (IRH)
The IRH website provides many helpful tools and links related to rural behavioral health care, specifically for rural communities in Idaho and the surrounding area. IRH project topics include suicide prevention, indigenous people, and telehealth.
National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)
The NARMH is a membership organization that promotes the unification of members of the rural mental health community to develop and enhance mental health and substance abuse services in rural communities. This website contains information about NARMH membership, upcoming conferences, and publications related to rural mental health issues.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)
The NDIN is a national network of disaster interfaith organizations working together to reduce disaster-caused human suffering through the exchange of information and cooperative support.
National Rural Behavioral Health Center
Established at the University of Florida by the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Rural Behavioral Health Center is dedicated to the improvement of health care for all rural Americans. The center specifically focuses on rural disaster and trauma, violence prevention, and health service delivery. The website contains information about the center's research, publications, and reports. It also provides news, events, and grant information, as well as educational resources for scientists, practitioners, and community health care educators.
Office of Rural Health Policy
As part of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Office of Rural Health Policy promotes better health services for rural Americans. The website contains information about funding opportunities, policy and research, and border health issues, as well as a directory of 2008 recipients of Rural Health Outreach grants.
Rural Assistance Center (RAC)
A product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rural Initiative, the RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research in order to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
SAMHSA DTAC supports the efforts of states, territories, tribes, and local entities to be prepared, so they are better able to deliver an effective behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) response to disasters. SAMHSA DTAC provides guidance pertaining to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program by facilitating information exchange and knowledge brokering by connecting technical assistance requestors to their peers and experts in the field. Last, SAMHSA DTAC has useful print and electronic materials in the Resource Collection about disaster behavioral health preparedness and response.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Information Center
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Information Center website assists local communities by providing information and referral services to local, tribal, state, and federal government officials; organizations; businesses; and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of rural areas.
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Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Care-Givers.
Immediate Disaster Response: Hurricane Sandy-Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS)
This installment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on first responders and, currently, Hurricane Sandy.