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Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit

Welcome to the Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit. The toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing mental health programs in rural communities across the United States, with a primary focus on adult mental health.

The modules in the toolkit contain resources and information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining rural mental health programs. There are more resources on general community health strategies available in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

Module 1: Introduction
Overview of mental health in the U.S. and unique challenges that rural communities face.

Module 2: Program Models
Models for mental health programs.

Module 3: Program Clearinghouse
Examples of promising mental health programs that have been implemented in rural communities.

Module 4: Implementation
Important issues to consider and address when implementing a rural mental health program.

Module 5: Evaluation
Tools that can help with the evaluation of a mental health program.

Module 6: Funding & Sustainability
Resources to help with planning for the sustainability of a mental health program.

Module 7: Dissemination
Ideas and resources for disseminating findings from a mental health program.