Telehealth is one way to help mental health resources reach rural Minnesota

The Bemidji Pioneer reports on Mental Health month…

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, and during the last year, the topic has been increasingly brought to the forefront due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They recognize the challenge of reaching rural areas and the advantage telehealth brings

Outside of hub communities in the state like Bemidji, though, mental health resources can be scarce. Mulvihill said getting treatment options into more rural areas has been an effort by the organization recently.

“It’s certainly something we acknowledge that we have to just do a lot better on,” Mulvihill said. “It is a lot harder to find a mental health provider in Greater Minnesota, it’s just the reality. I think there have been some movement around telehealth certainly during the pandemic and we have really been advocating to maintain the things that were kind of made temporary with telehealth.”

While Mulvihill acknowledged telehealth options aren’t a fix for everyone, Mulvihill said it does provide a solution for a segment of the population.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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