Mending a Broken Heartland is such a compelling title, how could anyone resist the temptation to pick up this publication? Written in the 1980s by Joyce Barrett, it details how rural communities find ways to survive through the farm crisis. However, even with all the concern, it is well documented that rural America still lags behind its urban counterparts in mental health care, with little difference between the prevalence of clinically defined mental health problems in urban America versus rural.
Rural America continues to suffer from an economic crisis; besides farming, there are other struggling industries related to natural resources - such as mining and logging - experiencing a net loss in economic strength. Jobs are scarce in rural America, local businesses and services are closing, and young people are moving to the urban areas leaving the elderly back home. The need for outreach and community-based mental health services is as critical in rural communities as it is in urban regions but the health care just isn't there to do the mending.
Last Reviewed: 6/1/2012