One in five residents of nonmetropolitan counties in the United States had some sort of mental illness in 2015.
That’s according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. More than 6 million people in the United States—our friends, neighbors and family members in our own communities—needed some form of mental help last year. The same data showed in non-metro areas, 1.4 million people experienced serious thoughts of suicide in 2015.
And that was when the farm economy wasn’t so bad.
Today rural America faces economic and sociological challenges on a great scale. Mental healthcare is a crisis that can no longer be ignored by good neighbors who don’t want to interfere in other people’s business.
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