Reducing Rural Suicide
All's not well down on the farm. Or up in the mountains. Or in the farthest reaches of Alaska. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people in the nation's rural areas are at higher risk of suicide than their urban counterparts. Now, Goldstein Grumet and other psychologists are finding innovative ways to keep rural residents from killing themselves. They're integrating mental health care into primary care as a way to fight the stigma about mental health problems and help-seeking that's prevalent in rural areas. They're equipping veterans with webcams and Skype-like software so that even the most far-flung can get mental health treatment. And they're focusing on rural populations at especially high risk, including American Indians and Alaska Natives.