Why Poor, Rural Women Don’t Have Access To Mental Health Services

Penn State’s done a study on a little discussed problem, that rural women don’t have access to mental health services even if they wanted to get them. As of 2005, only 7.4% of rural areas have a mental health professional practicing in a rural area so primary care physicians are having to pick up the slack and they aren’t trained for it.

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Gallup Healthways via

There’s also the problem of lack of insurance in rural areas and that poverty is highest in rural areas.

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Housing Assistance Council via

Which means that even if that 7.4% number went up, women in rural areas still couldn’t afford to use them even if there wasn’t also a stigma against doing so. No money, no insurance means no psychiatrists willing to practice. TC mark

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