Mental Health Disparities in the United States

The Essence of the Disparity Problem

  • Lower pay when compared to other settings
  • The difficulty of spouses finding employment
  • Having fewer social outlets
  • Difficulty adjusting to living away from the city
  • Professional isolation

The Statistics of the Problem

Problems in Receiving Appropriate Mental Health Care in a Rural Setting

The Monetary Costs of the Lack of Mental Health Care in Rural America

  • Negative job performance
  • Lack of engagement with work
  • Lack of or poor communications with coworkers
  • Lowered physical ability and daily functioning
  • Inability to finish job tasks
  • Absenteeism

The High Personal Costs of the Mental Health Disparities in Rural America

Possibilities for Solving the Problem of Lack of Mental Health Professionals in Rural America

In Closing

References

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