Today, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) offered a resolution expressing support for the designation of November 18, 2021, as "National Rural Mental Health Day."
"The National Center for Health Statistics reported the 2017 suicide rate for the most rural counties was 1.8 times higher than the suicide rate for the most urban counties. Statistics like this should cause alarm and inspire action," said Emmer.
"Currently, there is a chronic shortage of mental health professionals in rural communities, and residents must often travel long distances to receive the services they desperately need. Congress should be committed to addressing these health care shortages and ensuring every corner of America has the resources it needs," Emmer concluded.
The resolution raises awareness for our rural communities and commits the House of Representatives to the following initiatives:
designating November 18, 2021, as National Rural Mental Health Day;
addressing disparities in mental healthcare across the country, including in rural America; and
maintaining continued support for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network and other programs that aid struggling individuals in our rural communities.