HealthLeaders Media July 29, 2021
In order to treat the 47.6 million individuals experiencing mental illness each year, health systems must first identify one of the key factors contributing to this growing issue – location.1 Rural and urban communities experience unique challenges that often create substantial obstacles for health systems to provide, and community members to receive, proper behavioral health treatment.
Read this guide to discover the unique behavioral health challenges and opportunities in rural and urban communities and how health systems can work to expand access to these vital services.
Behavioral Health Challenges Within Rural Communities
Approximately one-fifth of the U.S. population lives in rural communities, and about one-fifth of those living in rural communities, or 6.5 million individuals, have a mental illness.2
Further, it is...