Rural Mental Health Care
This issue of “The Rural Connection” focuses on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to provide innovative health care delivery options to rural Veterans, particularly in the area of rural mental health.
One in every five Servicemembers returns from combat with at least one serious mental health issue. With only 16 psychologists per every 100,000 rural residents, rural Veterans face greater access challenges when seeking mental health support. Moreover, rural Veterans are more likely than their urban peers to suffer from current and lifetime depression or commit suicide.