The rural area is the most affected community when it comes to mental health services. Not that they don’t get proper assistance, but they suffer from a limited health care access. It is a disadvantage because their population is considered to have at least 45% of mental health cases across the globe.
According to some research, people in rural areas are disregarding the importance of mental health awareness because of certain factors such as monetary instability, the stigma of fear and anxiety, and the close family-tie connection that hinders the client-provider confidentiality. Though most of them understand the need for mental health treatment, they ignore the possible adverse outcomes due to inconsistencies in information.
Mental Health Assistance
Some recommendations in helping the increase of mental health services access are looking for the expanding development of retention and recruitment effort of healthcare professionals. The practitioners should enjoy perks and bonuses, loans and repayments, as well as monetary privileges. Qualified professionals must also experience continued education and proper supervision. This way, mental health professionals will not lose interest in working in rural areas. Even the need for an increase of social volunteer should be emphasized. Not all health professionals are capable of working alone in a rural community. But if provided with little extra help, everyone in the community has a chance to contribute to mental health awareness.
Mental health specialists are encouraged to provide pro-bono and affordability on mental health services from time to time. Since the rural community primarily works with natural resources, they should be given quality assistance that doesn’t focus on financial capabilities. There should be creation and implementation of sustainable mental health programs that help the local and national states. With this, the ongoing training for health experts can accommodate people provided they understand the community’s positive cultural factors, consistent ethical situations, and common mental health diagnoses.
The rural population must attain proper knowledge about several mental conditions. The local and state government should focus on providing them with an engaged ongoing training that will make them understand the importance of treatments and medication. The rural community should aim for a better health care quality and use the resources to be able to contribute something in the society. People in the rural areas are not well-educated enough about mental health programs, so giving them an opportunity to understand mental health can somehow lower down the stigma of them not seeking for help.
What Can You Do?
It is important to consider reaching out to people in the rural community and know their burdens and what impacts their mental state. This way, we can learn more about what kind of counseling we can offer them. Let us consider providing the community with non-traditional treatment from the modality of delivering school-based assistance, telehealth, and electronic counseling. It would be great to let children participate in the advance counseling strategies so they can provide aid for mental health patients too. The general association of schools and public areas can contribute something in the community as well. We can also help in advocating for support for transportation and building health care centers. By contacting the local, state, and national organizations, we can let them know that the health care system is our top priority.
Understanding the different situations can help everyone make an effort in proving the necessary help they can offer without asking for something in return. Finding out alternative ways to provide services is also required. The people in the rural area need attention, and the discussion of mental illness must be handed out on the table.