Skip to main content

Logo for N.C. Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension Homepage

Rural Resilience and Mental Health

en Español / em Português

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.


Inglês é o idioma de controle desta página. Na medida que haja algum conflito entre o texto original em Inglês e a tradução, o Inglês prevalece.

Ao clicar no link de tradução, um serviço gratuito de tradução será ativado para converter a página para o Português. Como em qualquer tradução pela internet, a conversão não é sensivel ao contexto e pode não ocorrer a tradução para o significado orginal. O serviço de Extensão da Carolina do Norte (NC State Extension) não garante a exatidão do texto traduzido. Por favor, observe que algumas funções ou serviços podem não funcionar como esperado após a tradução.


English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

For a comprehensive list of resources available to farmers, farm families, and
organizations who work with them: Farm Stress Resource Directory.

For a complete list of Mental Health Resources by District and County.

Crisis Solutions in North Carolina

Mental health is an issue that impacts the lives of many Americans, and Extension agents and staff may encounter mental health concerns among the citizens they serve. But what is mental health? Merriam-Webster defines the idiom as “the condition of being sound mentally and emotionally that is characterized by the absence of mental illness and by adequate adjustment especially as reflected in feeling comfortable about oneself, positive feelings about others, and the ability to meet the demands of daily life; also: the general condition of one’s mental and emotional state.”

As days and decades have passed, more and more individuals have come to see the importance of this national issue. We know that a clean bill of health is essential to all human beings, however, the thought of this mainly refers to the physical state, as in the body and not the mind. Although both have the ability to affect each other significantly, mental health is not given as much attention as it should receive. Many people, most notably the younger generations, have voiced their concerns and vowed to fight the negative stigma surrounding the issue. Ignorance plagues the public opinion of many mental illnesses, such as depression, and dumbing them down to simply “being unable to handle life” or “just being in a funk.”

Why, though, is it so important to pay attention to the nation’s mental health? What’s the worst that could possibly happen if we just let it deal with itself? Youth and adults alike are forced to cope by using substances, self-harm, or even ending their own lives. Some, unfortunately, turn to taking the lives of others due to the amount of pain they’re in. In light of the recent and increasingly frequent school shootings, mental health is one of the most important issues the human race needs to take head on. Some key findings by Mental Health America (MHA) show the reality of the situation (

Key Findings

  • 1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.
  • Youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with severe depression, 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment
  • More Americans have access to services… Access to insurance and treatment increased, as healthcare reform has reduced the rates of uninsured adults. The greatest decrease in uninsured Adults with mental illnesses was seen in states that expanded Medicaid.
  • …But most Americans still lack access to care. 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment. Even in Maine, the state with the best access, 41.4% of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.
  • There is a serious mental health workforce shortage. In states with the lowest workforce, there is up 6 times the individuals to only 1 mental health professional. This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses combined.

*Information above compiled by Nick Wommack, Student Intern, EOD (Fall 2017)