The Sad Truth About The Rural Area And Its Access To Mental Health Services



There are quite a number of people who live in rural areas nowadays, but most of them are receiving a little amount of support and attention that they need from their community. Though there can be some technological innovations available, the resources are still unattainable. Often, it gets limited due to the vast number of people who require it. There’s inadequate access to healthcare so the community can no longer support everyone. The facilities and equipment become limited, and only those who are privileged get to be provided. Sadly, the determining aspect of the mental health system lies in its oppressive factors. These factors hinder the rural area population to have consistent access to mental health services.


Most populations in rural areas are not aware of the different types of mental illnesses. They are not knowledgeable as to why they need to seek medical and physiological attention. Sometimes, even if people have mental conditions for a long time, they ignore it because they don’t have any idea where they could get the help. There are also instances that even if they know their immediate mental condition needs, it will take them a long time before they will even reach out to psychiatric health care. Aside from not knowing what to do, people in the rural areas suffer low socio-economic status that’s why paying for service becomes a burden. The insufficient health care system also matters due to the community’s geographical locations. Most of the time, people require transportation services to be able to have access to medical assistance. However, not all are privileged enough in paying or renting transportation services.



Since the geographical locations of rural communities are a big problem, they mostly have limited access to available mental health assistance, particularly on a licensed mental health provider. Also, due to a decreasing amount of work and salary, the rural population struggles to retain and hire health professionals. Since there’s restricted access to social and cultural outlets, most of the health expert services end up with ethical dilemmas. Some include always seeing patients due to the small population of the area, convincingly talking about their mental illness while not having enough supply of medications, and being the only one health service provider in the community. The burden that healthcare providers have can drastically impact their desire in providing services. And when they have a less desire of working in rural communities, it leads to less mental health care accessibility.   Therefore, not having enough resources put the rural population into a wide variety of mental health-related issues.


The small population of rural community struggles to have mental health assistance due to the increasing stigma that’s associated with seeking out help. Most of the time, since people live closer or nearby, there is a decrease in confidentiality. The closely-tied social network becomes the reason why people in the community don’t consider asking for professional advice. Another thing why people don’t often consider seeking for help is because they are confident to accept that they can fix the problem on their own. People get bound with the mentality that their mental health issue is nothing serious compared to other conditions that require surgical assistance. The rural health information hub determines that many people in the rural community fear and feel uncomfortable talking about certain mental illnesses. Meaning, their wrong impression on seeking out mental health services continues to grow as they avoid acceptance of what it is all about.


Since psychological conditions are prevalent in rural areas, a lot of people require mental health assistance. However, the majority of the accesses of psychiatric services become insufficient. Along with an individual who is diagnosed with a mental disorder, there’s almost a shortage of mental health services such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers in the rural community.