Mental health professionals are predicting an increase in suicidal ideation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Part of the explanation has been tied to financial stress, role balance, and isolation. Individuals in rural communities may be experiencing these risks for suicidal ideations more acutely given rural people already disproportionately struggle with isolation and poverty. In rural communities primary care providers are an integral member of the mental health workforce and can play a pivotal role in identifying and managing suicidal ideation in their patients.
• Explore mental health integration tools and resources for rural primary care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Discuss the operational components of implementing suicide screening and referral to services for rural primary care providers, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Identify local, state and national resources for rural primary care providers supporting patients with suicidal ideation.
Thomasine Heitkamp, Principal Investigator
Co-Director, Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
Co-Director, Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center
Shawnda Schroeder, Research Associate Professor
Center for Rural Health
University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Tammy Norville, Technical Assistance Director
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Caitlin Peterson, Senior Project Associate
Suicide Prevention Resource Center