National Association for Rural Mental Health:
The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) was founded in 1977 in order to develop and enhance rural mental health and substance abuse services and to support mental health providers in rural areas. Now NARMH has added the goal of “Developing and proactively supporting initiatives that will strengthen the voices of rural consumers and their families.”
NARMH is a membership organization composed of approximately 500 organizations and individuals from across the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and a few foreign countries. NARMH’s membership includes the entire spectrum of the rural mental health community: consumers, family members, practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers. A focus on and a commitment to rural people and their problems has always been the priority and unifying force in NARMH. This belief that “rural” comes first has allowed the NARMH to be relatively free of the turf battles and guild issues that have so fragmented the general field of mental health.
NARMH’s mission is “linking voices to promote rural mental health.” NARMH carries out this mission through electronic (website & listervs) and print communication, an annual national conference, participation in national policy making, and special projects. In line with the Mission, NARMH has recently developed a Vision for Rural Mental Health, Rural Mental Health: 2000 and Beyond which focuses on building consumer support and involvement, enhancing competence, understanding and managing cost, strengthening communication, and connecting better electronically, organizationally, and Agenda and Promising Practices in Rural Mental Health Outreach.
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