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Opinion: Rural America has a mental health crisis. Cutting reimbursements could make it worse

By Des Moines Register  
   November 20, 2023

1 in 5 U.S. adults — 50 million Americans — suffered with mental illness last year, with fewer than half receiving treatment. These realities are even more pronounced in rural areas, where mental health issues are growing fastest and resources are hardest to come by. Nationally, suicide rates among farmers and ranchers are 3.5 times higher than that of the general population, a 2017 study found.

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