Webinar: Mental health and suicide prevention in rural America
Suicide rates have recently risen in nearly every state in the U.S., with more dramatic increases in rural areas. In the January session of Hot Topics in Practice two leaders from Idaho discuss why local public health agencies should be involved in mental and behavioral health issues and the role they can play in suicide prevention in rural areas.
This one-hour webinar begins with a review of national data and trends around suicide—noting how these deaths are often undercounted—and a look at the important stressors and strengths rural communities can consider when addressing this issue. The presenters will then share how local data are being used to guide population health planning efforts in Idaho that emphasize awareness, prevention, and support. Particular attention will be given to strategies for building partnerships and promoting resiliency.
Carol Moehrle, District Director, Public Health - Idaho North Central District
Lora Whalen, District Director, Idaho Panhandle Health District